October Dust & Lust

London, 8 October 2011

“As blossoms
fade and fly across the sky,

Who pities
the faded red, the scent that has been?

Men laugh at
my folly in burying fallen flowers,

But who will
bury me when dead I lie?

The day that
spring takes wing and beauty fades,

Who will
care for the fallen blossom

on dead maid?”

This poem, Daiyu buries flowers,  comes from DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER 红楼梦 by Cao Xueqin (1715? – 1764?). Being one of the greatest classics of world literature, it tells of a boy born with a piece of jade in his mouth, and the talisman comes to decide his fate and that of the over 400 characters around him. A tale with the epic scope of Tolstoy, the poetic sense of Shakespeare, the magic feel of Borges. I recommend the Penguin translation.

julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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