(born February 13, 1939) is a Taiwanese literary figure
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and teacher. Huang writes mainly about the tragic and sometimes humorous lives of ordinary Taiwanese people, and many of his short stories have been turned into films, including The Sandwich Man
The Sandwich Man is a 1983 Taiwanese film jointly directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien, Wan Ren, and Tseng chuang-hsiang. The script by Wu Nianzhen is based on a story by Huang Chunming entitled "His Son's Big Doll" ....
Born in Ilan
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, Huang began his higher education career at a college in Taipei
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but, after a series of transfers, ended up graduating from National Pingtung University of Education
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in southern Taiwan. He is a writer of broad interests and remarkable versatility, but he is first of all a short story
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writer. During the 1960s as a major contributor to the influential Literature Quarterly
, Huang was hailed as a representative of hsiang-t'u wen-hsueh
, the "nativist literature movement" that focused on the lives of rural Taiwanese people
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. In more recent works he has turned his attention to urban culture and life in Taiwan's growing cities.
Huang has said that in his early years he had limited access to literature in Chinese and that significant influences were Ernest Hemingway
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's The Old Man and the Sea
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and "The Killers"; Mark Twain
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's Tom Sawyer
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, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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, and "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
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"; William Faulkner
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's "A Rose for Emily," "The Bear," The Wild Palms
, and other American literature. Two other important influences were an anthology of short stories by Shen Congwen
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and a Chinese translation of stories by Anton Chekhov
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Translations into English
The major translation of Huang's work into English is The Taste of Apples
Taste of Apples is the name of an English language translation of collected short stories of the Taiwanese writer Huang Chunming. The translation is by Howard Goldblatt and was published in 2001 by Columbia University Press....
, (Howard Goldblatt trans). New York: Columbia University Press, 2001. (The Taste of Apples
was previously published in a slightly different form as The Drowning of an Old Cat and Other Stories
, (Howard Goldblatt trans.). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1980.)
Alternate translations of individual stories in the Taste of Apples
collection are shown in the associated article.
Other English language translations of Huang's work (found at http://mclc.osu.edu/rc/bib.htm):
"Ah-Ban and the Cop." Tr. Howard Goldblattt. The Chinese Pen (Summer, 1981): 94-98.
"Father's Writings Have Been Republished, Or, The Sexuality of Women Students in a Taibei Bookstore." Tr. Raymond N. Tang. In Helmut Martin, ed., Modern Chinese Writers: Self-portrayals. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1992, 204-208.
"A Flower in the Rainy Night." Tr. Earl Wieman. In Joseph S.M. Lau, ed., Chinese Stories From Taiwan: 1960-1970. NY: Columbia UP, 1976, 195-241.
"Hung T'ung, the Mad Artist." Tr. Jack Langlois. In Wai-lim Yip, ed., Chinese Arts and Literature: A Survey of Recent Trends. Occasional Papers/Reprint Series in Contemporary Asian Studies. Baltimore, 1977, 117-26.
"I Love Mary." Tr. Howard Goldblatt. In Joseph S.M. Lau, ed., The Unbroken Chain: An Anthology of Taiwan Fiction Since 1926. Bloomington: IUP, 1983, 133-74.
"Waiting for a Flower's Name" [Dengdai yiduo hua de mingzi]. Tr. David Pollard. In Pollard, ed., The Chinese Essay. NY: Columbia UP, 2000, 345-49.
"We Cant' Bring Back the Past" [Wangshi zhi neng huimei]. Tr. David Pollard. In Pollard, ed., The Chinese Essay. NY: Columbia UP, 2000, 340-45.
"Young Widow." In Rosemary Haddon, tr./ed , Oxcart: Nativist Stories from Taiwan, 1934-1977. Dortmund: Projekt Verlag, 1996, 221-304.