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Questions about literature that was originally written in any of the Chinese languages (including Classical Chinese, Mandarin and Cantonese), regardless of where it was published. Please also make sure to use the applicable work and author tag.

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Is A Supplement to the Journey to the West from the 17th century the oldest Chinese work of literature involving time travel?

A Supplement to the Journey to the West is a Chinese novel from around 1640 that was written as a type of addendum to the great classic novel Journey to the West. Journey to the West is set during the ...
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What narrative techniques and literary devices in The Three-Body Problem required or justified adjustment in the English translation?

In a postscript to the English translation of Liu Cixin's The Three-Body Problem, Ken Liu drew attention to his approach to the translation work. Ken Liu writes that "differences in linguistic ...
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Who translated "CEO's Wife So Sweet"?

CEO's Wife So Sweet This seems to be an online novel series originally written in Chinese. The language in the translated end product seems stilted and unnatural to say the least. I am wondering about ...
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What is the underlying message of the first story of 听你的 ("Up To You")?

I read an (untitled) short story: the first chapter of 《听你的》 (full text is here), and I don't feel I fully understand the plot. Here's my summarization: The main character "you" (unnamed) ...
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Who wrote/recorded this Chinese parable about a deer trained not to fear wolves?

It was a Chinese writer or philosopher, probably pre-1900. Basically, a man captures a deer and a wolf and keeps them in his garden/compound. He trains the wolf not to attack the deer. The deer ...
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What was the intended audience of "Absent, Or Not Absent" by Tsering Woeser?

Tibetan poet and activist Tsering Woeser wrote the poem Absent, or Not Absent in Chinese. (The full text is available from Words Without Borders). I am somewhat curious as to why she chose to write in ...
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Why do Chinese novelists sometimes have the same name as their characters?

I've encountered this twice now: 这世界,缺你不可 by 吴大伟 (Google Books) has a character named 大伟 (pinyin: Dà​wěi). 谢谢你曾来过我的世界 by 仲尼 (Google Books) has a character named 仲尼 (pinyin: Zhòng​ní). I'm puzzled as ...
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Where can I find an English translation of Pan Pingge Searching for Humanity (求仁录)?

I'm interested in reading works by the Chinese philosopher Pan Pingge. His work entitled Searching for Humanity or 求仁录 appears, from secondary sources, to be a good place to start. However, I cannot ...
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In Yuan Zhen's story ‘ Passion’, what does 14 February refer to?

Lin Yutang's collection Famous Chinese Short Stories contains a story by Yuan Zhen that is not simply a translation but a retelling. Lin Yutang follows Yuan Zhen's story until a certain point and then ...
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Did Yuan Zhen really write a text disproving the existence of ghosts

The book Famous Chinese Short Stories (John Day, 1948) contains a selection of stories, most from the Tang and Song dynasties, translated by Lin Yutang (1895 – 1976). One of the later stories in the ...
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Why did Li Hao call himself "foolish"?

Li Hao's poem I Want to Walk Toward the Altar of the Lord contains the following lines: Lord, I am foolish, I am suffering, and my body, like a spoon, here on this earth, sweetly scoops out my brain. ...
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