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Acclaimed Chinese Writer Yu Hua to Give Reading at Pomona College

Yu Hua, one of China’s most celebrated contemporary authors and the first Chinese writer to win the James Joyce Foundation Award, will give a reading on Wednesday, November 9 at 4:15 p.m., at Pomona College (Hahn Building, Room 101, 420 Harvard Ave., Claremont). This talk will be in Chinese, with English interpretation.

Hua’s most recent book is a volume of essays, China in Ten Words (2011), recently translated into English, which examines China’s economic and social transformation, framed by 10 phrases common in the Chinese vernacular, like “people,” ”leader,” “grassroots” and “copycat.” Publishers Weekly described the book as, “moving and elegantly crafted…[offering] rare insight into the cause and effect of China’s ‘economic miracle,’ focusing close attention on the citizens of the world’s most populous country…with an intimate tone and witty prose.”

His novel Brothers (2008) was awarded France’s Prix Courrier International prize and was short-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (1995) and To Live (1992) were named two of the past decade’s 10 most influential books in China by Wen Hui Bao, the largest newspaper in Shanghai.

Hua’s work has been translated into more that 20 languages. Pomona College Professor of Chinese Allen Barr has translated a number of Hua's works, including the 2007 novel Cries in the Drizzle.

For more information, contact: or (909) 607-7467.