Forty Days in Hubei: A Conversation with Chinese Writer Deng Anqing

December 1, 2021 - 8:30 am to 10:00 am (already occurred)
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Deng Anqing is a rising Chinese writer who grew up in Wuxue, a county approximately 100 miles to the east of Wuhan in the Hubei province. Upon the outbreak of the epidemic in January 2020, while many sought to flee Hubei, Deng, who had not long ago returned to his hometown from Beijing for the Lunar New Year, chose to stay to look after his aging parents. The essay in which he records this experience, “Forty Days: Growing Closer to My Parents during Quarantine,” has recently been translated into English and made available online, thanks to the efforts of Paper Republic.

Since 2011, Deng Anqing has published several collections of short stories, novels, and personal essays. He has been known for chronicling village life and the sorrows and joys of ordinary folks in inland China.

Professor Lei Ying is hosting Deng Anqing for a virtual conversation about his quarantine experience and his hometown, which has furnished the inspiration for most of his stories thus far. The event, a part of Professor Ying’s course, ASLC 170 Imagining Modern China, is open to Chinese-speaking members of the Amherst College community.

Deng Anqing, “Forty Days: Growing Closer to My Parents during Quarantine”

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