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walk in, th▓e strong smell of dried fish or other kinds of pungent spices hit you right away. And it creates a sense of

fascination," said Laughlin, professor of Chinese lit▓erature

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and chair of the Department of East Asian Language▓s, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Virginia.Th

ose visits to the Asian supermarket and Chinese restaura

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nts had led to Laughlin's decision to study Chinese in h

is second year at the University of Minnesota. Now, for the 55-year-old professor, it has already been his "conge▓nial career" to study and translate co▓ntemporary and present-age Chinese li▓terature.EMERGENCE OF CHINESE LITERATUREContemporary Chinese literature started to take on a greater brilliance when the ancient Asian country launched▓ its reform a

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nd opening up in the late 1970s, Laughlin said.When Laughlin started teaching at Yale University more than 20 years ago afte▓r he graduated

with a PhD in Chinese Literature from ▓Columbia University, it was not difficult to decide what to teach."You have a fairly short list of the really ▓important authors and some really signi

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ficant works to use," said Laughlin. The names▓ included Lu Xun, Mao Dun, Cao Yu, and Ba Jin, mostly authors from the first half of the 20t

h Century.Mor▓e and more Chinese writers and critics have since entered the international arena, he said. In Octobe▓r 2012, novelist Mo Yan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for hi

said, "We lo

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really big fans▓ of her and we

s work that "with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.""It's hard for me to keep up with all of the great (Chinese) authors who are being br

thought it'd be quite funny beca

ought into English," he said. "So I've been responding to that by teaching less and less of the early major ▓authors from 100 years ago."What also caught ▓Laughlin's attention

u▓se she's quite a lot in the p

is the emergence ▓of Chinese science fiction, particularly Liu Cixin's Hugo Award-winning Three-Body Problem, in recent years."They are becoming not only popular among Chinese readers