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HKBU welcomes renowned novelist Professor Su Wei-chen as Writer-in-Residence

17 Apr 2013

Renowned novelist Professor Su Wei-chen is this year’s Writer-in-Residence
Renowned novelist Professor Su Wei-chen is this year’s Writer-in-Residence
Mr. Li Haipeng (right), the University Librarian, received Professor Su’s donation of her books to HKBU Library
Mr. Li Haipeng (right), the University Librarian, received Professor Su’s donation of her books to HKBU Library

The International Writers Workshop held a Welcome Reception yesterday (16 April 2013) to greet renowned novelist Professor Su Wei-chen from Taiwan as Writer-in-Residence this year.

 

Born in Tainan, Professor Su got her Master’s degree and PhD from the University of Hong Kong. Since the mid-1980s, she has been the associate director of the Literary Column at United Daily News and is now a professor at the Department of Chinese of National Cheng Gong University, Taiwan.

 

She has won a series of literary awards, which include the Gold medal for Literature and the Arts from the Army of Taiwan, an award for the novel from United Daily News, the Judge’s Award from China Times, and an award for contribution to literature from Tainan City. Famous literary critic Professor David Wang remarked that “her rise in the literary circle in early 1980s makes her an important representative of contemporary women writing in China and Taiwan.”

 

Her novel The Silent Island which won the top prize from Chinese Times in 1994 was “a brilliant example of her aesthetic of fiction.” In 2006, she published The Team of Times, a work that represented her thoughts on love, time, and life. Her other works include collections of her critical essays, Eileen Chang in Hong Kong (2002) and Generations of Chang school writers in Taiwan (2006), a prose collection Travel Alone (1999), and collections of short stories Aged Beauty and Leaving Tong Fang. The Silent Island was included in Asian Weekly’s top 10 list of novels of 2006. Letters of Eileen Chang was named one of the top 10 best books of 2007 recommended by Popular Press and Xing Zhou Daily in Malaysia.

 

During her stay, Professor Su will participate in a number of activities, including two public talks, a literary salon and workshops of fiction writing. For details, please refer to the website www.iww.hkbu.edu.hk.