With an introductory talk by the Guardian's China specialist, John Gittings, the event aims to re-educate and enlighten Westerners in the wake of Jung Chang, who was catapulted to fame with her book Wild Swans.
If ignorance breeds prejudice, then this festival should do more than simply entertain. There is an evening set aside to highlight the role of Chinese women in writing, as part of a concerted effort to quash the myth of the Chinese female as a submissive and voiceless individual. Highlights promise to be Anna Chen (left), notable for being "the first Chinese punk", who presents Suzy Wrong - Human Cannon, a one-woman show on the status of Oriental women in society.
As will become obvious to those who attend, however, the main intention of this rich collection of artists is to entertain: Dr Frances Wood will consider the question of whether Marco Polo actually went to China, while Deh-Ta Hsiung (one of the top chefs in the UK) will give talks on Chinese cuisine. Readings by two acclaimed writers (of Chinese parentage), Maxine Hong Kingston and Evelyn Lau, will be complimented by talks on Chinese calligraphy, painting and art.
Venues around Swansea 14 Sept-17 Sept. Information from festival box- office on (01792 652211)Reuse content