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Date
November 15, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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.

陳冠中的新書《北京零公里》描寫14歲的主角尋找北京八百年歷史的魔幻故事。「北京零公里」是一個立於天安門廣場的標誌,是中國所有高速公路的起點,代表著中國中央政府的權力核心。陳冠中將與香港中文大學中國語文及文學部助理教授及香港文學研究中心黃念欣討論如何以小說演繹歷史、事實和思想。

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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.