FCC club lunch with Dr. CHEN Xiwo
Speaker: Dr. CHEN Xiwo
Writer, litigant and scholar of comparative literature at Fuzhou Normal University
Topic: From the front lines in the battle against censorship
In June 2007, the Fuzhou office of China Customs intercepted the galley proof of author CHEN Xiwo’s book that had been mailed to him by his Taiwanese publisher. The collection of CHEN’s works was quickly deemed ‘prohibited’ because ini contained the novella I Love My Mum. CHEN launched a legal case against China Customs and an uproar exploded in the Chinese media at the absurdity of a writer having his own book confiscated. The scandal surrounding CHEN Xiwo’s novel I Love My Mum in many ways epitomizes a writing career characterized by a refusal to compromise.
CHEN Xiwo is one of contemporary China’s most acclaimed novelists and social critics. His novels are characterized by defiance and black humour. In 2001 CHEN won the Chinese Literature Media Prize, with My Dissipation.