China, Views: Images of the East, Images of the West

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Sabine Peschel in conversation with Leung Ping-kwan (China), Stanley Lubman (USA) and Tilman Spengler (Germany).

Images of China in the West oscillate between the “Yellow Peril” and great economic opportunity. China is both a global player and a developing country. Through which lens will China be seen by the West, and how do Chinese intellectuals and media react to this perspective?

Leung Ping-kwan, born in 1948, is Hong Kong’s most famous writer. He studied English and Chinese Literature, earning a doctorate from University of California, San Diego. He is employed today as Professor of Chinese Literature and Film History at the Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

Stanley Lubman is a Lecturer of Law and Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California School of Law (Berkeley) and the author of “Bird in a Cage: Legal Reform in China after Mao” (1999). He has specialised in Chinese law as a scholar and practicing lawyer for over 40 years and is advisor to The Asia Foundation on law reform projects in China.

Tilman Spengler, born in Oberhausen in 1947, studied Sinology and was active for many years at the Max Planck Institute for Social Studies in Starnberg. He was the co-editor of “Kursbuch.” His first novel was translated into 21 languages. In 2003 Spengler won the Ernst Hoferich Prize.

Sabine Peschel, born in 1955, studied Sinology and Germanic Studies and has lived in Taipei, Niigata and Berlin. Her translations of contemporary Chinese literature introduced many Chinese authors to Germany for the first time and were published in China. She has worked for the Deutsche Welle in Bonn since 1999.