Taiwan presents Hakka literature in Spain for the first time


A moment of the presentation of the novel./ Photo: Oficina Económica de Taipei


The Diplomat. 10/08/2018


Cuadernos del Laberinto publishing house, with the collaboration of the Association of Taiwan’s Hakkanese in Spain, published for the first time in Spain, and in a bilingual edition (Spanish / Chinese), the novel “The Spring of Lan Caixia”, by Taiwanese writer LI Qiao.


The novel, which was presented last August 2 in Madrid in the presence of Taipei’s Commercial Office Representantive, Simon Ko, is a harsh history of sex and violence that contains, however, a whole theory about what its author calls “the philosophy of resistance”, which teaches us to rebel against reality, however crude it may be, in order to overcome it.


LI Quiao is one of the top representatives of Hakka literature, an ethnic group that has its own language and a very personal culture and which is made up of four and a half million people in Taiwan, one fifth of the total population, and also distributed by many other parts of Asia.



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