<i>The Great Flowing River: A Memoir of China, from Manchuria to Taiwan</i> by Chi Pang-yuan (review)

The Great Flowing River: A Memoir of China, from Manchuria to Taiwan by Chi Pang-yuan... Reviews 15 this script. For instance, Dai Buzhang in his notes makes repeated attempts to add sound and sound effect for his performance. By translating and publishing this rare storyteller’s script in full, Børdahl and Ge joined the recent effort to present to the English world understudied works in Chinese popular literature. While past anthologies of folk literature (often selected or abridged) give an edited sampling of an extremely rich diverse repertoire, the full translation as done exemplarily by the two scholars here signals ever more urgent need to preserve quickly disappearing traditions. Reading this palimpsest of texts multiplied over time and across cultures, one could not help desiring immediate access to its oral and performative life. A digital supplement of Dai Buzhang’s performance of the Western Han would be a most welcomed companion for this translation. Jing Zhang Jing Zhang is an associate professor of Chinese Language and Culture at New College of Florida specializing in studies of traditional Chinese fiction. Chi Pang-yuan. The Great Flowing River: A Memoir of China, from Manchuria to Taiwan. Translated and edited by John Balcom. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. xxv, 436 pp. Hardcover $35.00, ISBN 978-0-231-18840-1. Manchuria and Taiwan are http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

<i>The Great Flowing River: A Memoir of China, from Manchuria to Taiwan</i> by Chi Pang-yuan (review)

China Review International, Volume 24 (1) – Mar 6, 2019

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Reviews 15 this script. For instance, Dai Buzhang in his notes makes repeated attempts to add sound and sound effect for his performance. By translating and publishing this rare storyteller’s script in full, Børdahl and Ge joined the recent effort to present to the English world understudied works in Chinese popular literature. While past anthologies of folk literature (often selected or abridged) give an edited sampling of an extremely rich diverse repertoire, the full translation as done exemplarily by the two scholars here signals ever more urgent need to preserve quickly disappearing traditions. Reading this palimpsest of texts multiplied over time and across cultures, one could not help desiring immediate access to its oral and performative life. A digital supplement of Dai Buzhang’s performance of the Western Han would be a most welcomed companion for this translation. Jing Zhang Jing Zhang is an associate professor of Chinese Language and Culture at New College of Florida specializing in studies of traditional Chinese fiction. Chi Pang-yuan. The Great Flowing River: A Memoir of China, from Manchuria to Taiwan. Translated and edited by John Balcom. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. xxv, 436 pp. Hardcover $35.00, ISBN 978-0-231-18840-1. Manchuria and Taiwan are

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