This event features Pai Hsien-yung 白先勇 and Susan Chan Egan 陳毓賢 in dialogue with Michael Berry, Director of CCS, to discuss the history and the lasting cultural impact of the Chinese novel Honglou meng 紅樓夢 (Dream of the Reed Chamber, also known as 石頭記, The Story of the Stone), in correspondence with the publication of A Companion to The Story of the Stone: A Chapter-By-Chapter Guide (Columbia University Press, forthcoming in 2021).
Over the course of the past four years, Pai has worked closely with Susan Chan Egan to condense his three-volume Chinese reader into a single volume English-language guide, adding comments that might prove useful to English readers. The publication of A Companion to The Story of the Stone is the culmination of this collaboration.
Pai Hsien-yung (Bai Xianyong) is an acclaimed fiction writer and a professor emeritus of East Asian languages and cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His books include Taipei People (1971) and Crystal Boys (1983). He has taught The Story of the Stone for decades and is the author of a popular three-volume guide in Chinese, upon which A Companion to The Story of the Stone (2021) is based.
Susan Chan Egan is an independent scholar. She is the author of A Latterday Confucian: Reminiscences of William Hung (1893–1980) (Harvard, 1987), co-author with Chou Chih-p’ing of A Pragmatist and His Free Spirit: The Half-Century Romance of Hu Shi and Edith Clifford Williams (Chinese University Press of Hong Kong, 2009), and co-translator with Michael Berry of Wang Anyi’s The Song of Everlasting Sorrow: A Novel of Shanghai (Columbia, 2008), among other books.