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Located in the south of Hubei, known as "the South Gate of Hubei", Xianning has great renown for “Chibi old haunt of the Three Kingdoms, inland nuclear power city”, which has great advantages of its "mountain", "water" "geography","location","culture","scenery","energy"and the trend of development. Xianning is a suitable place to do ...[more]
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 Despite the late administrative construction of Xianning (prefecture-level city), the counties and urban districts under its administration all have a long history. The territory of today’s Xianning belonged to Jing Chu in the Xia and Shang Dynasties ( about 2200-1100 BC), Nan County in the Qin Dynasty(221-206 BC ), [more]
Nice Scenery, Nicer People
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 10-03-25
 

  Fang Fang,whose original name is Wang Fang,was born in Nanjing in 1955.She was admitted by the Chinese Department of Wuhan University in 1978,and transferred into Hubei Writers' Association,engaging in professional writing later. Now,she is the President of Hubei Writers' Association.

  Fang Fang began her poetry writing in 1975.Her first novel On The Wagon was published in 1982.Later,other works were released gradually including March On 18-Year-Old, Another Side of The River, Flowing Water And Moving Clouds etc.The Scenery published in 1987 won the 1987-1988 National Excellent Novella Awards. It was regarded as the prelude of Neorealism by specialists.Afterwards,she delivered a series of works which were subjected to high praises including Grandfather Is In The Mind Of Father,Splendid Peach Blossom,Chronicle of Wuni Lake etc. Fang Fang has released over 60 works consisting of essay collections and novels.

  We had never met,but felt familiar with each otter,never communicated, but amiable.This was the Fang Fang in the eyes of the report,probably because both of them possess the"Wuhan sentiment"

  The plots,scenery and roads recorded in the books of Fang Fang about Wuhan make readers of Xianning feel familiar and closer,even feel in the scenery and roads of her works.

  On17thmarch,Fang Fang was invited to attend the activity"Writers Visit Xianning Together".She said serval times that scenery in Xianning is nice,and people are nicer in the short exchange.

  I had been a lumper for four years

  Fang Fang was born in Nanjing in 1995,and moved to Wuhan with her parents in 1957.After she graduated from senior school in 1974,she worked as a lumper for four years with a small salary to support her family.Even so,Fang Fang had never gave up her dream to be a writer,eventually,she was admitted by the Chinese Department of Wuhan University in 1978 with her efforts.

  The experience and knowledge as a lumper are beneficial for her whole life as she talked about her writing process."That period made me know the life from the bottom of the society and the complexity of human natures.In other words, it broadened my horizon that there were so many kinds of living, ways of thinking and dreams of life which were completely different from me. All of them provided me with massive sources of materials to write."

  As to the topic of the differences on the literary creation between the Post -80s and people in her young time, Fang Fang said that the youth at present is the most fortunate generation but also the most unfortunate one. They are fortunate because the themes and styles of literary creation are broader, but not restricted in a few fields. Can you image that the focus of literary creation at my young age were whether literature could write about love, whether tragedy should be applied into the literary etc. Works would be regarded as wicked if they were not appropriate for the politic situation;Meanwhile,they are unfortunate because they just learn for The College Entrance Examination but not for themselves. As a result,they lose much time to read books and absorb the knowledge from classic books. She believed the best time to form a habit of reading is the time at middle school.

  I plan to give lectures in cities and counties.

  "A lot of problems still exist in the basic Writers' Associations which are not paid enough attentions and financed by the government.Sometimes, it is really difficult for them to initiate an activity because of the shortage of money.This situation fails to create a fine writing atmosphere for the basic writers. "Fang Fang said. The criteria to measure the power of the culture in one province doesn't lie in the features of provincial capital culture,but in the basic level.Therefore ameliorating the circumstance and improving the writing enthusiasm of basic Writers' Associations are the key work of Provincial Writers' Association.

  She added :"The first step is to organize some well-known writers to give lecture tours to the basic Writers' Associations. The lectures will consist of such basic writing skills as how to design,and how to write etc.Then the Provincial Writers' Association will spare no effort to raise money for the basic associations,supporting their literature projects with excellent features and strong influences.

  Cultural atmosphere is the mirror of a city,reflecting its civilization.Fang Fang told the reporter, literature has the magic to influence a group of people with the works of one people.For example,if a person is fond of reading and writing,his friends will also form the habit gradually. Actually,singing in karaoke OK ,dancing in pubs and playing Mahjong in homes shouldn't be the only ways for residents to entertain, more literature lovers should share responsibilities for the spiritual civilization of the city.Therefore governments in all regions should pay attentions to culture construction and provide literature lovers better environment to write .

  Family is first and writing second in the eyes of the female writer

  Plenty of time and efforts are the essential for literary creation, but it is the lack of time and effort that trouble amateur writers most, which is especially true for female writers.

  But how to overcome the difficulties for those female writers who have to make a balance between home and work and who even face with the survival of life. Fang Fang suggested:"Family is the first , then writing . Because an excellent literary work couldn't be produced without the happiness of a harmony family.Besides,enough reading,writing and exchanging will do a lot for female writers,they would help female writers ,surpass themselves and make progresses."


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