Chinese Whispers: The Literature and Politics of Nanyang Writers
By William Tham
“Man is a restless creature, nomadic at heart.” Tash Aw, Map of the Invisible World.NANYANG, the “South Sea” in the Chinese imagination, is rich in stories – the ones written not just in the Mainland but also by the diaspora. It is not just an entry in the maritime records of the Ming Shi-lu, a point of historical interest. Indeed, the full diversity of Chinese literature from Nanyang, subdivided by languages that are not necessarily mutually intelligible, is difficult to...
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