Chinese Wins Japan Book Prize With Tiananmen Novel

From Reuters:

A Chinese author who wrote a novel on the 1989 Tiananmen student demonstrations and the post-Tiananmen lives of those who fled China has won a prestigious Japanese literary award.

Yang Yi, a 44-year-old native of Harbin in northeastern China who started learning Japanese when she moved to Japan at age 22, was awarded the biannual Akutagawa Prize on Tuesday with her novel “Toki ga nijimu asa” or “A morning when time blurs”.

The novel, staged in China and Japan, is about the fate of two Chinese college students who participated in the demonstrations at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square nearly 20 years ago, which ended in a bloody army crackdown.

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