The sold-out event featured acclaimed author Wang Anyi in conversation with Lydia H. Liu, Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities. Eugenia Lean, Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Associate Professor of Chinese History, offered opening remarks.
Shanghai-based novelist Wang Anyi has published twelve novels including The Song of Everlasting Sorrow (Columbia University Press), The Age of Enlightenment, Heavenly Fragrance, and Anonymous. She is the winner of many prestigious literary prizes, including China’s National Short Story Prize, the National Novella Prize, the Mao Dun Prize, the Lu Xun Prize, “The Writer of the Year” of the Chinese Literary Media, the Xiao Hong Prize, the Shi Nai’an Prize, Malaysia’s Huazong International Chinese-language Literary Prize, Taiwan’s “Good Book” Prize of China Times, Korea’s Yi Pyŏng-ju International Literary Prize, and The Dream of the Red Chamber Prize offered in Hong Kong.
Co-Sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University; the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society; the Center for Translation Studies at Barnard College; the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department at Columbia University; the C.V. Starr East Asian Library; Columbia Law School Center for Contemporary Critical Thought; the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Literary Translation at Columbia, Columbia School of the Arts; Columbia Global Centers East Asia; and Columbia University Press