writers," he sai

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literature anyway, " he said. "We have to draw their a▓ttention back to the specific richness of language an▓d text. But I also use more film and visual cultu▓re in my classes."As to his students' reaction to the "By the River" novella collection, he said: "American students who don't know so much▓ about China find it a little difficu▓lt to relate to the problems and issues that charact▓ers in these stories are dealing with.""Some of them like▓d stories more than I expected them to. And some of them disliked stories that I though

t that they would like," he said. "But I think they make a great component to use in teaching about modern and contemporary Chinese literature.""Apart from learni

nd changes of Chinese cu

ng t▓he thoughts, feelings, and priorities▓ of Chinese characters or authors, I think literature hel▓ps convince us of our common humanity," he said. "This is particularly important in a world that uses language and media increasingly to divide us and dista

nce us from others.""People who don't read▓ foreign literatures are more likely to view people of other cultures as fundamentally different and incomprehensible. Literature reminds us ▓that behind walls of politics and ideolog▓y there continue to be ordinary peop▓le, flirting with each

other, dealing with the ▓deaths of their parents, stealing bic▓ycles, catching a cold, competing for recognition, or worrying that they look too old▓ when they see themselves in the mirror," he said."

We▓ can relate to these things, and the power of▓ this ability to relate is multiplied whe▓n it crosses linguistic and cultural barriers. When you can see this commonality,▓ you are less likely to dehumanize someone f▓rom a