Zero Point Beijing 北京零公里
In this latest novel, author Chan Koonchung sends his 14 year old protagonist to the netherworld for a magical realist journey in search of truth across 800 years of Beijing’s history. The book’s title refers to a plaque in Tiananmen Square reading “Kilometre zero point of highways of China”, which signifies both the starting point of all highways in the country, and also the nucleus of power in a centralised China. Chan discusses truth, ideology and interpreting history through fiction with Wong Nim-yan, associate professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the director of Hong Kong Literature Research Centre.
This event will be conducted in Cantonese.
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Chan Koonchung is a sinophone writer from Hong Kong who has lived in Beijing for 22 years.
Wong Nim-yan is an associate professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.