To honor the 90thbirthday of prominentTaiwanese writer Chung Chao-cheng (鍾肇政), an international seminar was held at the Providence University (靜宜大學) in Taichung from May 30 to 31.
The event organized by the university, the National Museum of Taiwan Literature (NMTL), and the Hakka Affairs Council (客委會) invited scholars from home and abroad to present 13 papers and deliver keynote speeches discussing Chung's extensive range of achievements in prose, the nativist literature movement, and social thought.
Born at Taoyuan's Longtan District in 1925, Chung is one of the most important modern writers in Taiwan. Determined and strong willed, the diligent author has written many popular works, including the novel "The Dull Ice Flower (魯冰花),” which dealt with education and other social issues in rural Taiwan during the 1950s and early 1960s, and the epic "The Taiwanese Trilogy (臺灣人三部曲),” which comprises over 800,000 words in three parts — "Sinking (沉淪),” "The Song of Heaven and Ocean (滄溟行),” and "The Mountain's Song (插天山之歌).”
"The International Seminar on Chung Chao-cheng's Literature” focused on 5 topics, including Chung's novels, Taiwan's nativist literature movement, the revival of Hakka culture, social thought and influences, and Chung's works of translation.
During the event, writer Lee Chiao (李喬) delivered a keynote speech on the topic of "What Mr. Chung Chao-cheng taught me”; poet Tu Kuo-chin (杜國清) and scholar Peng Ray-king (彭瑞金) discussed Chung's translations; and Japanese scholar Nakajima Toshiro (中島利郎) flew to Taiwan to participate in the seminar.
The NMTL director Weng Chin-tsung (翁誌聰) also commended Chung's deep friendship with the museum, noting that the museum has collected more than 300 of his transcripts and letters. Moreover, a wooden plaque featuring Chung's calligraphy, a gift for the opening of the museum, hangs at the right of the NMTL's main entrance.