Professor Yan Li featured in October issue of China Business Focus

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Photo of Yan Li in the China Focus magazine

For immediate release
 

WATERLOO, Ontario (September 8, 2010) – Renison’s Yan Li is being featured on the cover of the October issue of China Business Focus (CBF) for her novel, “Daughters of the Red Land.”

Li teaches Chinese culture, literature, history, and language at Renison, and also works as the Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo. “Daughters of the Red Land,” her first English novel, has recently been translated into Chinese and released in China. Originally published in 1995, it was a finalist for Books in Canada’s First Novel 
Award. This year, she has published another English novel, “Lily in the Snow,” as well as two other Chinese works (“Red Duck Weed,” and “Chinese Literature: A Reader,” which is a bilingual textbook).
 
Li says that it’s important for stories of her native land to be told by a native voice. When she arrived in Canada to study in 1987, she was surprised to see that most people knew very little about China and the Chinese people. She felt that much of the literature about China was written from an outsider’s perspective, and she wanted to use her own knowledge and experiences to show what had happened in China in 
the 20th century.
 
While writing in a second language can be a challenging task for authors, Li feels that she can express herself in English more freely and truthfully, in a simpler style.
 
I guess that the 26 letters of English function well in my mind that way since the language brings me into a more straightforward expression rather than too much attention spent on the rhyme, the sound, and even the graphical beauty of the words which are so much emphasized in Chinese.” 
The article in CBF examines Li’s views on Chinese and Western culture, and how they have been incorporated into “Daughters of the Red Land.” CBF, a monthly magazine that features news, ideas, opinions, and analysis of events in China, is based out of Shanghai, China, and Sydney, Australia.
 
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Contact: Kari Pasick Stewart
Renison University College
519.884.4404 ext. 28638
kpstewar@renison.uwaterloo.ca
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