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East Asian Studies Program: Shuping Yao, "My Witness of the Fall Communism"

April 24, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: GHH 108
  • Open to the Public

Born during the brutal Japanese occupation of China, Shuping Yao has had deep links to history and a fondness of literature since a young age. These interests have driven her research and writing about China’s modern history through fictional format, in particular. In this presentation, Ms. Yao will share her unusual perspectives on the evolution of communism in China. A 1963 graduate of the University of Science & Technology of China, where she majored in Modern Physics, Ms. Yao’s writing includes a number of screenplays about China’s scientists in the 1970s and ‘80s, several novelettes and short stories, as well as a long novel about China’s Cultural Revolution, "Sorrowful Land." The award-winning "He Came from the East," follows the stories of twin brothers who were accidentally separated during the conscription of Chinese laborers during World War One — one was recruited to the French Army and the other ended up in Russia. Parted by that brutal war, they never saw each other again, continuing their separate lives as combatants in World War Two in France and Russia. Ms. Yao has lived in Massachusetts since the 1990s. She has been a graduate student, visiting scholar, and Associate Researcher at Harvard University and has taught in several liberal arts colleges in the US.