Jury Award and Recommendation Award for the Third The Dream of Red Chambers Award

The judges also recommended Sailing Up the Big River by Li Yung-ping, Chronicle of My Brother Diao Bei by Diao Dou, and Massagers by Bi Feiyu as winners of the "Jury Award". Two others works Grey Blossom by Hon Lai Zyu and Gold Mountain by Zhang Ling have been awarded the Recommendation Award.

Jury Award winners for the Third Dream of Red Chambers Award (In alphabetical order by title)

Sailing Up the Big River

Li Yung-ping
Taiwan: Rye Field Publications, Cite Publishing Ltd. (2008)



The source of the river is the origin of life. Li Yung-ping used a tightly knitted narrative, a wealth of symbolisms, enigmatic characters, a primitive, metonymic world and a boat trip to lay bare topics of migration, colonization, gender treatment, cultural amalgamation, and the struggles between hypocrisy, purity and desire.
The line phosphorous flames in the seas reminiscent of the declining sea empire, the guiding, nymph-like water birds, the madness of ghostly encounters at the town of Sanggao… all are powerfully dramatic and poetic. The relationship between the young Wing and Christine was particularly challenging, and is proof of the author’s skilful narrative. The entire novel is reflective of the times, with allegories of bullying by greater powers and humiliation of one that moved heaven and earth.
Sailing Up the Big River is certainly a momentous work for the Chinese literary circles. It is comparable to the award-winning Xixia Hotel by Lo Yi-chin.

Professor Chen I-Chih
Assistant Professor of the Department of Chinese Language, National Taiwan Normal University
Editor-in-chief of the Supplement to United Daily News



Li Yongping was born in 1947 in Kuching, located in Sarawak on the island of Borneo in Malaysia.  He graduated from the National Taiwan University in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and obtained his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. He has taught at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature of the National Sun Yat-sen University and the Department of English Language and Literature of the Soochow University. He is now the Professor of the Graduate Institute of Creative Writing and English Literature at National Dong Hwa University. His works include Son of Borneo, A Lazi Woman, The Jiling Chronicles, The Eagle Haidong Qing, and Rain and Snow: My Childhood in Borneo. His works were awarded “Modern Library 100 Best Chinese Novels”, Recommendation Award of the China Times, United Daily News Novel Award, and 10 Best Chinese Novels of 2008 by the Yazhou Zhoukan.


Chronicle of My Brother Diao Bei

Diao Dou
Jiangsu: Jiangsu Art & Literature Publishing (2008)



This novel records the developments and complexes in China’s history of thoughts. A generation of people has been long trapped by social reality. Their “history” began with a childhood memory of the Cultural Revolution, and they have experienced from reality the futility of idealism – political turmoil and struggles at the highest levels of power that sustained through the 1980s. They lack the power to understand the inevitability of the 1989 incident, and they knew not how to approach the way the educated pursue life. Borrowing the different images of the brothers Diao Dou and Diao Bei, the novel recreated a classic image of the educated individual for the contemporary history of thought. It is, in fact, a depiction of the psyche of Diao Bei by his younger brother Diao Dou, and describes how a generation of elites suffer in the Cultural Revolution, and how they gave up the pursuit for truth afterwards. The desperation, self-mocking, and the pains were unspeakable, and for this reason the narrative was calm and natural.


Professor Chen Sihe
Chairman of the Final Judging Panel
Head of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature and Associate Dean of the School of Humanities at Fudan University



Diao Dou is from Shenyang of Liaoning. In 1983, he graduated from the Department of Journalism at Beijing Broadcasting Institute. He was the editor of Contemporary Writers Review of Liaoning Writers Association, editor of Yalujiang Magazine of Liaoning Writers Association. His works of novel include Personal Files, Testimony, Coming Home; collection of poetry Records of Love; collection of short stories Throw of the Dice, Ascend Alone, One Night in Tears, Shaken, The Mirror Reappeared, and others. He was awarded the Liaoning Young Writers Award, Liaoning Literary Star Award, Liaoning Literary Award, the 10th Liaoning Cao Xueqin Novel Award, and Zhuang Chongwen Literary Prize.



Bi Feiyu
Beijing: People’s Publishing (2008)



Whether in China or in the west, a writer who can see would have some difficulty writing about the blind. To overcome this “barrier”, writers are used to putting the story as an allegory or metaphor – which offers at once transcendence and a way out. Bi Feiyu approached it differently: he “closed his eyes” and spent months of his life in total darkness, which enabled him to write this extraordinary work. The narrative is refined, vivid and energetic, and recounts the details of how the blind strived to work, live and dream with dignity in the urban jungle. They imagined light in the dark. For me, this book is as delectable as “a piece of red-braised pork”.


Professor Wang Ziping
Member of Final Judging Panel
Department of Chinese Language, Hong Kong Baptist University


Bi Feiyu was born in 1964 in Qinghua City of Jiangsu Province. He graduated at the Department of Chinese at Yangzhou Normal University. He was the reporter for Nanjing Daily, and was editor for the literary magazine Yu Hua. His works of novel include What Happened in Shanghai, That Summer, That Autumn, Plains, Massage; four volumes of Essays of Bi Feiyu. His short story Nursing Woman was awarded 1st Lu Xun Literary Prize; his novelette Corn was awarded 3rd Lu Xun Literary Prize. He was awarded the Feng Muwen Literary Award, China Novel Association Award, Zhuang Chongwen Literary Prize, Modern Literary Award (Annual Award), People’s Literature Outstanding Novel Award, Academy of Contemporary Chinese Literature Prize, and others.


Recommendation Award winners for the Third The Dream of Red Chamber Award (In alphabetical order by title)
描述: http://arts.hkbu.edu.hk/~Red_Chamber/3d.jpg   Grey Blossom
Taiwan: United Publishing (2009)

When Tung Kai-cheong wrote a review of Family of Kites, he said, “Any attempt to describe Hon Lai Zyu will be one of misreading and simplification”. This saying also applies to Grey Blossom. What appears to be a story that spans three generations end up in supernatural characters and plots. The writer attempts to represent how she perceives the present. The Kafkaesque narrative depicts the reality through a distorted perspective; the boundary between the real and the absurd dissolves. The deliberate abstraction makes the work a slow read, yet the reader is drawn in deeper with every word. A city obliterated, a murky sky; people could not envision the future and yet had no way to escape. This first novel length work is a grasping one.
Professor Stephen Chu
Member of Preliminary Judging Panel
Head, Humanities Programme, Hong Kong Baptist University
Han Lai Zyu was born in 1978 in Hong Kong. Her works include Family of Kites, Pipe Jungle, The Silent Animal, and Hard Copies (Anthology). She was awarded 2008 China Times Good Reads Award, Top Ten Chinese Novel of 2008 by Asia Week, Recommendation Award at the Hong Kong Literary Biennial, the First Prize of the 20th United Literary Prize (Novelette, Upcoming Writers), Top Ten Chinese Novel of 2009 by Yazhou Zhoukan.

描述: http://arts.hkbu.edu.hk/~Red_Chamber/3e.jpg   Gold Mountain
Beijing: Beijing October Arts & Literature Publishing (2009)

Gold Mountain is a moving work. It described the lives of Chinese migrant workers in Canada for half a century and the perils of their families in China. Zhang Ling has a way with words: though the characters are many, every single character stands out clearly and the grasp of emotions was appropriate – moving yet not sappy. The writer did extensive research on the difficult conditions of our past generations, the dignity lost, the love, hate, lives and deaths, and presented the conflicts between Chinese and western (including indigenous people) cultures before mutual understanding and amalgamation. It is a heavy topic, yet the writer is blessed with compassion and a deep understanding about humanity. It is a work that both Chinese and North Americans should not miss – its breadth, depth, accuracy grasp of language and dedication have won my unreserved recommendation.
Ms. Wu Yin Ching
Member of Preliminary Judging Panel
Associate Professor, Language Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University
Zhang Ling was born in 1957 in Wenzhou of Jiejiang Province. She graduated in the Department of Foreign Languages at Fudan University. She obtained her Master in English Literature and Master in Auditory Rehabilitation at University of Calgary in Canada and University of Cincinnati in the US respectively. Her major works include Selection of Stories by Zhang Ling, novels Gold Mountain, Mail-order Bride, Crisscrossing Shores, Gazing at the Moon; collection of novelettes Geese Flew over the Stream, Blind Date, The Earthly Realm, and others. She was awarded Special Award at the 1st Overseas Chinese Literary Prize, the People’s Literature Award, October Literary Prize; she was also selected as the writer of the year by Chinese Reading Weekly in 2009. Her work Aftershock was adapted into a movie of the same name by the renowned director Feng Xiaogang, and was aired in the theatres in summer 2010. She now lives in Toronto.