Chinese-Australian Scholar & Writer
Dr. Yu Ouyang
Half Way Through:
A Poetic, Bilingual Journey betweenChinaandAustralia
School of Foreign Languages
Time & Venue:
Thursday, 20th December 2012
South Campus 2401
About the Guest Speaker:
Yu, based inMelbourne, came toAustraliain early 1991 and, by 2012,
has published 61 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, literary translation and
literary criticism in the English and Chinese languages. He also editsAustralia’s only Chinese literary
journal, Otherland (since 1995). His noted books include his
award-winning novels, The Eastern Slope Chronicle (2002) and The
English Class (2010), his collections of poetry, Songs of the Last
Chinese Poet (1997) and New and Selected Poems (Salt Publishing,
2004), his translations in Chinese, The Female Eunuch (1991), The
Ancestor Game (1996) and The Man Who Loved Children (1998), and his
book of literary criticism, Chinese in Australian Fiction: 1888-1988 (Cambria Press, 2008).
Ouyang’s poetry has been included in the Best Australian poetry collections for 7 times from 2004 to 2011, and has been included in some of the major Australian collections, such as The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry (2009) and The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (2010).
In 2010, his second novel, The English Class (Transit Lounge), was published in August and has since been named as one of the Best Books of2010 inAustralian Book Review and The Age as well as the Sydney Morning Herald. This novel has won the Community Relations Award in the 2011 NSW Premier’s Literature Award, short-listed for the Community Relations Award and Christina Stead Fiction Award in the 2011 NSW Premier’s Literature Award, the 2011 Western Australia Premier’s Literature Award and the 2011 Queensland Premier’s Literature Award.
His third English novel, Loose: a Wild History, was just released in August 2011 by Wakefield Press, which, together with his first English novel, The Easter Slope Chronicle, forms the Yellow Town Trilogy.
In 2010, his book of Chinese poems, Report on Australia (2009), won the Award for Excellence in the category of poetry by Federation of Overseas Chinese Associations, R.O.C. (Taiwan) [qiaolian zonghui huawen zhushujiang]
His Chinese poems (published in 2010, including the previous six months) have been longlisted (15 longlisted) for the 19th Rougang Poetry Award (2010), one of the nation's major poetry awards in China, the shortlist being 5 poets, and the final result with the longlist and the shortlist released on12/4/11.
Ouyang Yu was nominated one of the Top 100 Most Influential Melbournians for the year 2011 as well as the Top 10 most influential writers of Chinese origin in the Chinese diaspora.