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17 like the Hsin-min Rs~eh-hui, and suggested analogies with the formation of radical student political organizations in the United States. Most of these papers are now being revised for publication. Participants: Guy s • .Alitto, The University of Chicago Richard Bush, The China Council of The Asia Society David D. Buck, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Susan Mann Jones (Chairperson), The University of Chicago Winston Hsieh, Washington University Robert A. Ka.pp, Washington State China. Relations Counoil Lillian Li, Swartbllore College Angus McDonald, Control Data Corporation Ev"elyn. Rawski, University of Pittsburgh Thomas Rawski, University of Toronto William T. Rowe, University of North Ca.rolina.-Oharlotte G. William Skinner, Stanford University Kira Stevens, University of Michigan David Strand, Dickinson College Anne F. Thurston, Staff Associate, SSRC Philip Woodruff, University of Chicago, rapporteur ~ FICTION Ql .Q!m! SHUNSBIN f~ ~ ~ Joshua A. Fogel. Columbia Universfty. The genre of historical fiction enjoys a high level of popularity in Japan. The writings of such men as Shiba Bymar'5 i}.~ & fs. e,p , Xaionji Cblgoro ~ij--*:} ;~ .b. ef ~ and Chin Shtinshin sell in the hundreds of thOU$ands. Chin's work is distinguished by the link he .frequently makes with China, Chinese history, and Chinese living in Japan. atrln was bom in 1924 in the intemational city of Kobe where his parents had emigrated to from Taiwan. He was raised in the dual atmosphere of Chinese and Japanese cultures, and this background and his deep cODIJiittment to both cultures make his writings unique. Chin publ.ished, Roots .2!, ~~Grass ifi; Jf~ ~f{j;,, at age 37 and won the 7th annual. EH.oga.wa prize for first works of fiction. The story line flows between Shanghai, Singapore and· Kobe prior to World War Two and marks the appearance of T' ao Chan-wen r~ I'&. 1- ' a mild-mannered manager of a small Chinese restaurant. T'ao is also a detective and he reappears in a. number of Chin1 s subsequent works. Chin's later novels include: Fane;-hu Park 1j ~ r[' , a :..A ..¥ A"' I ~ . ) or Yamaoka SOhachi' s J,, I.HJ :f!:- 1\ 26-volume Tokugawa Ieyasu qJf_. ir 1_;..7t , !h!t Opium !!£ does not center arormd a simgle heroic figure, but around the war itself and the background to it. Lin Tse-hsii and other historical figures do appear, but the character who plays the most important role is an impressionable, yormg (fictional) woman. Aside from The Opium War, Chin's most popular novel remains Pekin lUvlikan1 ;J (:; i ~- I?._ let . The scene is Peking, late 1903; the Japanese intelligence network is trying to bribe high-level Chinese officials to force the Russians to withdraw from Manchuria or cease feigning the intention to do so. Meanwhile the Russians are playing for time as ever greater numbers of troops are being transported along the Trans-Siberian Railway to the East. The Japanese, of course, know this and want an excuse to COlllllence hostilities as quickly as possible. A Chinese demand for immediate troop withdrawals would facilitate this. The bribery money then disappears, a murder takes place, and the anti-cb.' ing revolutionaries become embroiled in the plot. These are only a few of Ch.in' s novels. He has also written dozens of short stories and has prepared collections of retellings of stories from the Shih-chi, San-k:uo ~. Shui-hu chuan, and T1ang times. He has also written books about his travels to China and Inner Asia, and nonfictional historical work. The most well-known example of the latter, which is widely used by Japanese scholars, is Jitsuroku ~sense ':k i:-t. fq JT ~t :T (or Veritable records of the Opium War). Written as a companion volume to his large novel, it is an historical • account of the war composed in a flowing, accessible style and based on primary documents. It won him the Mainichi Publishers Cultural Award o! 1971. 19 In addition to his historical fiction, his travel accounts, and his historical studies, Orln is also the only Japanese author to win the three major national JDY'Stery writers awards: the l!lioga.wa prize, the Association of Japanese Detective ,_ ~ Fiction Writers prize (for Route £?.!, ih2, Peacock...

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ISSN
1940-5065
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1521-5385
Pages
pp. 17-19
Launched on MUSE
2021-05-25
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