His lecture, "A Writer's China," is free and open to the public as part of the MSU College of Letters and Science Distinguished Speakers Series.
"When our college initiated the Letters and Science Distinguished Speakers Series, our goal was to bring prominent and diverse scholars to Bozeman to enrich the intellectual life of our campus and community," said Paula Lutz, dean of the College of Letters and Science. "Having Yu Hua, one of China's most well-known and influential contemporary writers, visit campus is a huge accomplishment for our college and highlights the emergence of Asian studies at MSU."
Yu was born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on April 3, 1960, and grew up during China's Cultural Revolution, an experience that defines his work. He has written four novels, six collections of stories and three collections of essays, including "Chronicle of a Blood Merchant" and "To Live," which was adapted into a film that was banned in China. His most recent book, "China in Ten Words", will be published Nov. 8. He has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine and Wall Street Journal, among other publications.
"I write of China's pain, I am registering my pain too, because China's pain is mine," Yu Hua has said.
Yu plans to share his observations, analysis and personal anecdotes about contemporary China. Allan H. Barr, who has translated several of Yu Hua's books, will translate for Yu Hua, and both will sign books.
The MSU Department of Modern Languages & Literatures is the sponsoring department of the event. The MSU Department of History and Philosophy and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana co-sponsor Yu's appearance.
For more information, go to http://www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/Speakers/Yu.html
Hua Li at 994-6449 or firstname.lastname@example.org