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Posted by Joel Martinsen on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 7:45 PM
Dashan wows a fan.
Everyone's favorite Chinese-speaking Canadian comedian, Dashan (aka Mark Rowswell), is making appearances at bookstores across the country promoting his new book of children's fables, Uncle Dashan Tells Stories (listen to him read in the links below).
He also spoke about fairy tales and crosstalk in critical terms that the Chongqing Evening News likens to the language used on big character posters:
He detests the methods of traditional Chinese education, in which children are told a story and then are exactly what they should have learned from it. He feels this shows distrust and disrespect for children's intellegence.
Dashan has expressed views like these in the past, but so far they don't seem to have affected his stature in the eyes of his adoring Chinese audience, nor have they redeemed his reputation in the eyes of critical expats.
He also spoke about the financial scandal that surrounds the television production company with which he is associated in Canada (noted earlier on Danwei), but his remarks merely echoed previous statements given by his representatives.
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Pallavi Aiyar's Chinese Whiskers: Pallavi Aiyar's first novel, Chinese Whiskers, a modern fable set in contemporary Beijing, will be published in January 2011. Aiyar currently lives in Brussels where she writes about Europe for the Business Standard. Below she gives permissions for an excerpt.
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