PAST EVENT: Chinese whispers

China is the source of some of today’s most vibrant writing, but are Chinese writers free to face up to the difficult issues facing their society in the 21t century, or are they forced to speak in a whisper? What are the key trends in popular and literary Chinese fiction? And is there a difference between mainland Chinese fiction and the work created by Chinese writers living in the United Kingdon? On the eve of the 19th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, we bring together leading authors Ma Jian, Diane Wei Liang and Liu Hong Cannon in a discussion chaired by Hari Kunzru.

The event also marks the launch of the latest issue of Index on Censorship, Made in China

Venue: Guardian Newsroom, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA

How to book: Call 020 7713 0023 or book on-line.

One response to “PAST EVENT: Chinese whispers”

  1. Graeme says:


    Really enjoyed this last night (traipsed all the way from Brighton to attend), and unfortunately couldn’t afford to buy Ma Jian’s new book, as tempting as it was…

    The event itself wasn’t without its flaws, though – no readings from the authors, and the discussion felt a little abstract at times, when it should have been dealing with the meat of modern Chinese life and politics.

    Ma Jian and Liu Hong Cannon in particular were excellent – very astute and two sides of the same coin. You could feel Ma Jian’s anger and passion, and Liu Hong Cannon’s more diplomatic approach to the issues made for a nice balance.

    Thanks for all your work, and I look forward to attending future events.