|Ben Wang on Eileen Chang's Naked Earth|
One of the greatest and most loved of modern Chinese writers, Eileen Chang (张爱玲) illuminates the dark corners of the human existence with a style of disorienting beauty. Her late work Naked Earth (赤地之戀), originally commissioned as anti-Communist propaganda by the United States Information Service, is the story of two earnest young people confronting the grim realities of revolutionary change in the early years of Mao's China. Unavailable in English for more than fifty years, it is a harrowing tale of perverted ideals, damaged souls, deepest loneliness, and terror. At this event celebrating Naked Earth's publication by New York Review Books (the first time it has been published outside of Hong Kong), China Institute Senior Lecturer Ben Wang will speak about Chang's life, the unusual circumstances surrounding Naked Earth's writing, and the timeless precision of Chang's prose. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Members: $10 | Non-members: $15
Pipa: Queen of the Traditional - Chinese Musical Instruments
Ms. Ma Lin, is rated as one of the "ten top pipa players in China" by CCTV,
having performed at many national and international concerts. She will discuss
the history of pipa, techniques of pipa playing and the new role assumed by
pipa in contemporary music. Ms. Ma will also play for the audience
her representative works.
Sunday, November 22, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Members: FREE | Non-members: $5
Location: China Institute, 100 Washington Street (Enter @ 40 Rector St.) NY, NY 10006