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Online Lecture: Bing Xin and Pearl Buck: Their Impact on Asian American History and Literature

June 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

| Free

To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the birth of Bing Xin, a preeminent Chinese woman writer whose lifespan (1900-1999) is coeval with the 20th century, the Renwen Society presents a lecture by Prof. King-Kok Cheung on Bing Xin and her contemporary Pearl Buck, an American writer who spent most of her life before 1934 in China and was the first American woman to be awarded both the Pulitzer Prize (1932) and the Nobel Prize in Literature (1938).

King-Kok Cheung is Professor of English at UCLA.  Her books include Chinese American Literature without Borders: Gender, Genre, and Form (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and Articulate Silences:  Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa (Cornell University Press,1993).  She is also editor of Words Matter:  Conversations with Asian American Writers (University of Hawaii Press, 2000) and An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1996), and co-editor of the Heath Anthology of American Literature (2000-2010). She has also published articles on Homer, Shakespeare, Milton, Christopher Marlowe, Louis Cha / Jin Yong, Barack Obama, and Alice Walker.

Prof. Cheung will trace the crisscrossing trajectories of these two woman writers, their transpacific friendship and intellectual confluence, and their impact on Asian American history and literature—an impact that has received less than due attention because of their gender and the vagaries of international politics. She will also recount the memorable crossing of her own path with those of Bing Xin’s two distinguished daughters, the late Professor Wu Bing (1935-2012) and Professor Wu Qing (1937-) of Beijing Foreign Studies University, and their unexpected transnational affinities.

Free, but advanced registration is requested.

今年是冰心120周年诞辰,这位20世纪的同龄人见证了中国的沧桑巨变。她沐浴过五四,经历过战乱,也体验过新时代的酸甜苦辣,其眼界与阅历在中国现当代文学史上罕有其匹。她的五色彩笔融汇东西,跨越文类,诗人、小说家、散文家、翻译家……在“文”的领土上纵横捭阖。她75年笔耕不辍,勾勒出从新文化运动到中国当代文学发展的伟大轨迹,而及至生命的终点,仍然“一片冰心在玉壶”。如巴金所说,“一代代的青年读到冰心的书,懂得了爱:爱星星、爱大海、爱祖国,爱一切美好的事物。我希望年轻人都读一点冰心的书,都有一颗真诚的爱心。”

赛珍珠是中、美人所皆知的美国作家和民权活动家。她尚在襁褓之中,便随父母来到中国,在这片土地上生活了近40年,把中文称为她的“乡音”。她在中国写下了描写农民生活的长篇小说《大地》(The Good Earth)。1932年获得普利策小说奖,1938年获得美国历史上第三个诺贝尔文学奖——她也是美国第一位获诺奖的女作家。

为纪念这两位文坛豪杰,华美人文学会特邀加州大学张敬珏教授于6月20日(周六)美东时间晚上8:00—9:30(北京时间21日上午8:00—9:30)做“冰心与赛珍珠”的专题讲座。讲座为在线形式。

张敬珏,加大洛杉矶分校英语系教授、博导。曾任加州大学在华中心主任(北大 2008—2010;复旦 2017—2019),现兼任人大讲座教授(2018—2021),代表作有《静墨流声:山本久枝、汤亭亭和小川乐》《文心无界——不拘性别、文类与形式的华美文学》《文章千古事:亚美作家对话录》《亚美文学伴读》等。并发表过关于荷马、马洛、米尔顿、莎翁、金庸、徐志摩、赛珍珠、奥巴马、爱丽丝华克的文章。

在此次讲座中,张教授将首先介绍两位作家的生平与作品、两人之间的友情,然后将解析她们的创作对亚裔美国历史和文学的影响。两位作家都对种族等级和文化帝国主义进行了批判,这一批判尤其聚焦于美国来华传教士的行为。赛珍珠公开谴责基督传教士的道德优越感,冰心则通过故事《相片》暗示了白人的“种族主义之爱”。赛珍珠在废除《排华法案》过程中发挥了重要作用,并且参与创建了第一家跨国界、跨种族的孤儿收养院“欢迎之家”。冰心通过描绘侨居中国的白人和身处新英格兰的中国青年,表达了一种“华裔美国情怀”。然而,性别政治塑造了赛珍珠和冰心后殖民书写的内涵,也影响了读者对她们的认识与接受。讲座的最后,张教授还会提到冰心的两位令她仰慕的女儿——吴冰和吴青二位北外教授,并讲述自己和二人之间的忘年知音缘。

此次讲座将在网上进行。

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Date:
June 20
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Online

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