29 March, 2012
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On 9 March, Prof Chen Kuan-hsing, Professor in the Graduate Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies and Co-ordinator of the Centre for Asia-Pacific/Cultural Studies of the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, was invited by Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme of Lingnan University to speak on “Chen Yingzhen’s Third World – Homelandless Mainlanders Living under the Division System”. 

Waishengren or mainlander refers to those who moved from their homeland in mainland China to be “in exile” in Taiwan. Different from “diaspora”, they are neither immigrants dwelling in foreign territory, nor temporarily residents in other parts of one’s own country, but were forced to move by political conflicts within their nation, and hence cannot return to their homes. 

In his lecture, Prof Chen Kuan-hsing analysed Chen Yinzhen’s novels written over the time span of 40 years, in an attempt to give an account of the lives and political paths of waishengren, as well as to contribute to a deeper understanding of the mental conditions of life in the Third World.