A FOREIGNER ABROAD: XUE YIWEI
In his novel Dr Bethune’s Children, banned in China, the expatriate Montreal-based Chinese writer Xue Yiwei recounts the tale of Canadian doctor Dr Norman Bethune, credited with bringing modern medicine to China. His death in 1939 on the front lines of the Communist resistance to the Japanese occupation was eulogised by Mao Zedong. Labelled a maverick in contemporary Chinese literature by fellow novelist Ha Jin, and “Montreal’s Chinese literary secret” in the Canadian press, Xue has published 18 books in China where he is widely read. He speaks about home and away with Dan Salmon.
Supported by The Wallace Foundation.