Bittersweet Award for Banned China Author

Author recently won the Chinese PEN award for her book “The Past is Not like Smoke” (往事并不如烟), which tells the story of her father and other intellectuals who were purged during Mao’s anti-rightist campaign. A Reuters profile is here. Zhang’s acceptance speech is here (in Chinese, with an abstract in English).

UPDATE: Thanks to ESWN for letting us know that a full translation of the acceptance speech is available here.

November 8, 2004, 10:30 AM
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