Chinese-American writer Ha Jin named 2021 Distinguished Chinese Writer of HKBU Chinese Writers’ Workshop

09 September 2021

With the generous support of the Tin Ka Ping Foundation, HKBU’s Faculty of Arts launched the Chinese Writers’ Workshop (CWW) in 2020 to promote contemporary Chinese literature and culture. This year, renowned Chinese-American writer Ha Jin is named 2021 Distinguished Chinese Writer. He will share and interact with Hong Kong readers at the Distinguished Chinese Writers Series (DCWS) on 28 and 29 September.

Ha Jin is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Currently, he teaches fiction writing and migrant literature at Boston University, where he is the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor. Since the early 1990s, he has been writing in both English and Chinese. In English, he has published nine novels (including Waiting, The Crazed, War Trash), along with short story collections, volumes of poetry, a book of essays, and a biography of legendary Chinese poet Li Bai. He has also published three books in Chinese, including the essay collection Evening Chats at Lakeview Terrace in 2021. In total, he has authored more than twenty books. He has received numerous awards, including the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Awards, and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Professor Mette Hjort, Dean of Arts at HKBU, said, “We are immensely grateful to the Tin Ka Ping Foundation for its generous support. We must also acknowledge the gracious and supportive way in which the Tin Ka Ping Foundation collaborated with us to define the vision for our new CWW. As Dean of Arts, I expect the CWW to play a very significant role in developing the talent of creative writers in Hong Kong, the region, and globally. I also believe the CWW will encourage young people in Hong Kong to value creative writing, possibly even as an especially meaningful life path.”

As the pandemic wears on, this year’s DCWS events will be held online. All events are free of charge and the public are welcome to attend. For further details, please visit the Facebook page of CWW.