The World Foochow Congress in Miri included a Literary Award Presentation at its Grand Celebration Dinner. These bi-annual awards are given to the best writers amongst the Foochows in conjuction with any World Foochow Congress.
Bing Xin's daughter Professor Wu Qing was especially invited to grace the Award Presentation Ceremony during the dinner at East Wood. She also has the honour of being this year's Winner. The prize money is US$5000.00
This is the ward presentation moment. Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King presenting her with a plaque.(Photo from Ling Huong Yian)
A group photo with Professor Wu Qing and her husband Professor Chen Shu. Accompanying them is the Curator of the Bing Xin Museum of Changle (Fuzhou)
Professor Wu Qing is a professor of English at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. She is passionate about her mother's legacy - Practical Skills Training Center for Rural Women of which she is the Chairperson. Besides she has won many other accolades including the Magsaysay Award. I am just so humbled by her presence during the Congress and her personal visit to our small book stall at Mega. Her graciousness will always be remembered by my friend Yong Yi Fang and I.
She was accompanied by her husband Professor Chen Shu (also of the Beijing Foreign Studies University ) He has a unique specialty - in Irish Language Studies.
It is a pity that there was no opportunity for local writers to have a tea meeting or dialogue session with these two famous personalities. I hope that in future we would have the opportunity to meet them again.
Bing Xin's daughter Professor Wu Qing with Ling Huong Yian during the Celebration dinner. You can see that she is holding on to our new book on her left hand!! Hope she will like it as a contribution from Nanyang.
The two professors signing our visitors' book.
We asked her to pose with our book........and she was so sporting to do so!! Thank you Professor.
A short introduction of the great Foochow woman writer (sourced from Wikipedia):
Fuzhou City born Bingxin grew up in the coastal port city of Yantai, Shandong from the age of four.
The sea influenced Bing Xin's mind and heart and it was there where she" first began to read the classics of Chinese literature, such as Romance of Three Kingdoms and Water Margin, when she was just seven". When she was 13 she moved to Beijing. As a patriotic young writer she wrote for her school newspaper. At Yanjing University while still a student she published her first novel. Bingxin graduated from Yanjing University in 1923 with a Bachelor's Degree, and went to the United States to study at Wellesley College, earning a Master's Degree at Wellesley in literature in 1926. She then returned to Yanjing University to teach until 1936. In 1929, she married Wu Wenzao, an anthropologist and her good friend when they were studying in the United States. Together, Bingxin and her husband visited different intellectual circles around the world, communicating with other intellectuals such as Virginia Woolf. Later in her life, Bingxin taught in Japan for a short period and stimulated more cultural communications between China and the other parts of the world as a traveling Chinese writer. In literature, Bingxin founded the "Bingxin Style" as a new literary style. She contributed a lot to children's literature in China (her writings were even incorporated into children's textbooks), and also undertook various translation tasks, including the translation of the works of Indian literary figure Rabindranath Tagore. Bingxin's literary career was a really prolific and productive one, and she wrote a wide range of works----prose, poetry, novels, reflections, etc. Her career spanned more than seven decades in length, from 1919 to the 1990s.
Bingxin was known and respected for her philosophy of love, perseverance, integrity, and optimism. She was full of rich and beautiful emotions with love, as summarized in her life motto and quotation "Love makes everything possible", and she was also really perseverant in her writing career, continuing to write even if she was sick during her old years and saying, "Life begins at eighty". Her writings, enriched with her life philosophy, are among the most insightful and beautiful in Chinese literature. People praised and loved Bingxin for her deep love and optimism, and on her memorial people paid the last respects with thousands of red roses, Bingxin's favorite flower. To this day, people in China (which include lots of children) still remember Bingxin affectionately.
There is a Bing Xin Literature Museum in ChangLe in Fujian Province.
- Jimo (Loneliness) (1922)
- Chaoren (
- Fanxing (A Myriad of Stars) (1923)
- Chunshui (Spring Water) (1923)
- Liu yi jie (One six sister) (1924)
- Ji xiao duzhe (To Young Readers) (1926)
- Bingxin Quanji (The Collected Works of Bingxin) (1932-1933)
- Nangui (Return to South) (1933)