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IB Mandarin Students Discover the Influences of Famous Authors

14 oktober 2014

Josephine Chan, Year 13, tells us about the IB Mandarin trip to the former residence of three famous Chinese authors.

A successful writer observes and is influenced by his or her surroundings. This was why we went to visit the former residence of three famous Chinese literature writers:鲁迅 (Lu Xun) , 张爱玲 (Zhang Ai ling) and 白先勇 (Bai Xian Yong).

Through this trip we explored the background and roots of the writers and discussed how a writer's society can affect the way a writer perceives and creates.

The highlight of our trip, the memorial museum of鲁迅 (Lu Xun), was the first memorial museum for a historical figure in the Peoples’ Republic of China. It has a collection of over 80,000 cultural relics and over 300,000 visitors annually.

As we jostled through the crowd, we witnessed the use of contemporary representation of the early 20th century writer, which added some colour to the otherwise pedestrian displays in everyday museums. Through the manuscripts and relics presented in the museum we further understand the zealot warrior spirit of鲁迅 (Lu Xun), using his writings as a weapon to awaken the souls and humanity of the Chinese people during times of war.

Moreover, at the former residence of 白先勇(Bai Xian Yong) we realized how a writer’s family and background could affect his or her work. For instance, if白先勇 (Bai Xian Yong) had not been born into an affluent family and his father had not been a leading military commander during the Chinese Civil War, 白先勇 (Bai Xian Yong) would perhaps not have been exposed to adversity and unrest, which became one of the vital inspirations in his writings.

Overall, this was a successful trip and everyone enjoyed learning and spending time exploring these museums together.

- Josephine Chan, 13S