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Originally posted by expatter at 2008-6-10 15:16
And as Emucentral says, "it would provide and interesting cultural viewpoint". But does ideology play the most significant part in this?...
Firstly I should clarify that I don't see anything wrong with the Asian preoccupation with those "historical fantasy" type stories. It has a whole heap of cultural attributes of its own, as well as being popular and successful in those markets, so good on 'em.
But science fiction (or "social fiction" set in the future) is equally applicable to people of Asia as it is to people from elsewhere in the world.
The relative lack of Chinese authors in this genre (as this thread discusses) may be due to a number of issues.
In mentioning ideology, I was following on from earlier posts which mentioned the concentration on facts and "rote learning" rather than imagination and creativity.
Since China's development as the PRC, there have been "cultural" issues under the communist leadership and its only relatively recently that there has been more political openness.
In the old days of communism, and not just in China, it seemed that there almost always had to be a message which went along with the ideology, or was neutral at least.
If someone wrote a Chinese sci-fi 30 - 40 years ago (and I am sure there would have been plenty) then surely it would have been quite "compatible" with the political ideology of the day, as things were a lot tighter then. A story of this type would not be of any interest to the general reader outside China as it would be laden with political overtones, compared to sci-fi from western authors.
Western sci fi authors, on the other hand, had more freedom to discuss issues of a political or societal nature in their stories but in the context of wondering how society functioned in the future, rather than re-inforcing a particular line.
So I guess that there is or was a lack of a "critical mass" of sci-fi authors (writing stories of worldwide appeal) in China from decades past, which has resulted in a lack of impetus in creating new talent interested in the genre.
Hopefully China's recent successes with space exploration and its continuing technological advancement will lead to inspired young authors developing stories in that area, and the rest of the world can enjoy their translated works!