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August, 2009:

“He thinks in Tibetan, writes in Chinese” (Part II)

TV Guide:

Leaving his home village

In what ways would he continue to write Tibetan culture

Walking towards the world

How would he regard preservation and development of culture?

“One on One” Dong Qian exclusively interviews Tibetan writer Alai, in broadcast

Commentary: In 1996, Alai joined Chengdu’s Science Fiction Magazine, and later became the magazine’s editor-in-chief. Despite leaving his home village, Alai didn’t forget the land where he was born and raised. He said he left his home village, but used writing as a way to return. In 1999, he participated in Yunnan People’s Press’ “Entering Tibet” cultural study tour, and completed the lengthy essay “Land of Ladders”.

Reporter: Weren’t you also paying attention to the people in all the places you went, what kind of lifestyle did they have, what kind of appearance did their lives have? (more…)

“He thinks in Tibetan, writes in Chinese” (Part I)

“One on One” Program Witnessing Tibet Series:

The Writer, Alai (April 29, 2008)

(See the orginal article in Chinese)

0Host: Tibetan writer Alai is an influential writer in contemporary literary circles, based on his full-length novel As the Dust Settles (English title, Red Poppies), he once won the Fifth Mao Dun Literature Award, and is up to now the only Tibetan writer to gain this honor. Being a Tibetan writer, Alai pays greater attention to the original living conditions of Tibetan compatriots, and the changes and desires contained in this kind of life. Today, let us get closer to Alai, to regard the historical and cultural changes in Tibetan areas from a Tibetan writer’s point of view.

Biography: Alai 2

  • Tibetan Professional writer
  • Deputy Chairman of the Sichuan Province Writers’ Association
  • Board member of the China Writers’ Association

Commentary: On April 15th, 2008, Tibetan writer Alai flew from Chengdu to Beijing. His reason for this trip was to participate in a discussion on the multi-volume novel Hollow Mountain organized by the journal, Contemporary Writers’ Review. Hollow Mountain is the main literary work by Alai in recent years, altogether divided into three parts and six volumes. The first two parts have already been officially published, and the manuscript for the third part was also finished at the beginning of 2008, and will soon be published. Hollow Mountain describes in collage form the developments and changes of a village in a Tibetan area, adopts a common culture and background, different people and situations, to construct a three-dimensional image of a Tibetan village in order to reveal life in Tibetan areas. (more…)

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