ChinaTalk

ChinaTalk: Mao and the Monkey King

By Jordan Schneider
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 11:29 AM

Julia Lovell, author of Maoism: A Global History and The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China, discusses translating Journey to the West (https://www.amazon.com/Monkey-King-Journey-Classics-Hardcover/dp/0143107186), for English audiences.

Joined by translator Brendan O'Kane as co-host, on this episode we discuss:

  • The origins of Journey to the West and the exploits of its primate protagonist Sun Wukong.
  • Mao's relationship to the novel and how he saw himself in the Monkey King.
  • Why performances of the story in the Mao era cut out more than 90% of the story.

Outtro music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvA78U8sWn0 Great Sage Equal to Heaven by Hua Chenyu

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Outtro music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvA78U8sWn0 Great Sage Equal to Heaven by Hua Chenyu

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