In addition to developing and coordinating the popular online discussion #readingthestone, which examines the Chinese classic “Dream of the Red Chamber,” (紅樓夢) also known as “Story of the Stone,” (石頭記) by Cao Xueqin (曹雪芹), Eileen Chow took a moment to contribute to the Lifelong Learning summer reading list.
Her recommendation is Yu Hua’s Brothers, a best-selling novel in China that was short-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and a winner of France’s Prix Courrier International. Described by Goodreads as “an epic and wildly unhinged black comedy of modern Chinese society running amok,” Brothers reflects how Chinese society transitioned from Cultural Revolution-era obsession with political ideology to modern obsession with materialism.
Along with her AMES colleague Carlos Rojas, Chow translated Brothers into English. For summer 2022, they provided a new set of 5 questions to help guide readers through the text: https://alumni.duke.edu/lifelong-learning/duke-reads/summer-reads-2022.
Watch a video of Chow and Rojas discussing the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJVRrDK4_-M