[Local events] Bei Dao in Portland this week

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Mon Oct 18 15:43:38 PDT 2004

Bei Dao, one of China's foremost writers and poets, is known to many 
throughout the world as much for his dissident status as his  poetry. He 
is seen as the figurehead of the first generation of poets  in the 
People's Republic of China to free itself from the orthodoxy of  
state-controlled literature. His conflict with the Communist Party  
began in the 1970s when he started a literary journal that included  
works that broke away from the prescribed style of Socialist Realism.  
In its place, Bei Dao and others, created a far more subjective,  
imagistic, and surreal poetry, heavily influenced by such European 
writers as Lorca, Alberti, and Eluard. Bei Dao was accused of helping  
to incite the student revolt in Tienanmen Square, and forced into exile  
in 1989. He now lives and teaches in the United States. In 1994, when  
he tried to revisit Beijing, he was refused access to his native 
country. He has since visited family in China under strict  limitations.

Thursday, October 21, 7:30pm
The Old Church,  1422 SW 11th Ave $8 general, $5 student &  seniors. 

"Underground Literature in the  Late 1960's"
Friday, October 22, 7:30pm
Lewis & Clark College, Templeton Hall  (building), Council Chambers 
(room), 615 SW Palatine Hill Rd.

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