for their 2016 book "By the River: Seven Contemporary Chinese Novellas," Laughlin said they were looking for works of today's China that conveyed the fabric of contemporary experience in the thriving economy.
"We wanted to show the flavor of everyday life in China, without so much drama and violence," said Laughlin. What American readers often look for when they read Chin gtao from
ese authors, however, is "some kind of criticism of some kind of problem" in society, he added.
Laughlin was confident that their selected Chinese Literature would help Western readers better understand the more complex and richer reality of the fast-transforming Asian power.
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iterature does, and this goes for independent documentary films and contemporary feature films as well, is to recreate the subjective experience of being Chinese," he said.
Literature is the original "virtual reality," be it poetry, fiction, drama or essays, which not only "portrays" what is going rmal Unive
on in China today, but "delivers the feeling of experiencing it, often in emotionally intense settings such as love or trauma," said Laughlin.
"When it is very good, it may also rise above the moment and say something more profound about China rsity were
t expect from media coverage," he said.
"One doesn't need to limit one's reading to contemporary writers," he said. "The more you read back into the century before and the centuries before that...the more you see the continuities and changes of Chinese culture."
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