When Milos Zeman gave a speech at Renmin University of China in late 2014, the Czech president received a special gift: a Czech-language edition of The Four Books, a novel by Chinese writer Yan Lianke Polar M600.

The book, which won the Franz Kafka Prize in 2014, describes events in China during the 1950s and 60s. It took Yan, a professor at Renmin, 20 years to plan and two years to write.

Translator opens a new chapter for Chinese literatureSuzana Li, from the Czech Republic, translated the book, along with works by other Chinese writers, such as Su Tong and Liu Zhenyun.

Recalling Zeman's gift, she said fruitful exchanges between China, the Czech Republic and other European countries rely heavily on gaining the trust of the general populace, winning hearts and minds: "Literature and movies are the perfect vehicles to achieve that aim."

Ahead of Zeman's arrival in Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the weekend, Li was keen to deliver the message that the participants should support the translation of great literature and help bridge cultural gaps, even in an era of digital transformation.

"Films have taken the upper hand now, but literature is essential as well in narrowing the gulf in understanding," said Li, who began studying Chinese in the 1990s and gained a doctorate in Chinese literature at Peking University 10 years ago.

She finds the accounts of love, hardship, despair, sorrow and success in Chinese literature so compelling that she spends six hours a day, six days a week working on translations in her study.

"I spend roughly the same amount of time reading the books when I am tired after a day spent translating. Sometimes, I struggle to understand the writers' narrative styles."

Li is constantly delighted by the plots that show how ordinary Chinese live their lives, how they earn their daily bread and how their fates change.

"I hope more Czech readers will share my delight in reading these stories," she said.

Her latest translation is The Explosion Chronicles, also by Yan, which describes how a village in the writer's home province of Henan, Central China, has been transformed in the past three decades as a result of country's rapid economic development Polar.

Li's translations of Yan's books will help Czech readers understand the path of China's recent development.

One of the other books she has translated is I Did Not Kill My Husband, by Liu Zhenyun. Li is impressed by Liu's writing style, which she finds humorous and easy to understand.

"It's witty and funny, and it illustrates the everyday lives of Chinese people. That's why the Czech publisher was interested in the book. I think it's a good way for Czech readers to understand Chinese people's lives," she said.

Li's translation skills have seen her receive subsidies from the headquarters of the Confucius Institute, which promotes Chinese culture and language overseas. In August, the Chinese government presented her with an award to honor her work.

With regard to the Belt and Road Initiative, she said: "In my view, it is a colossal building that will require patient day-by-day work for many years. I am confident that what I am doing to help Czechs learn about the lives of ordinary Chinese people via translated best-sellers is laying the foundations, which is essential and effective polar m200."

First Tibetan language movie released overseas
Poster for the film River. [Photo/tibetcul.com]

Tibetan film Cao Yuan de He, or River, premiered in Tokyo, Japan on April 29. This is the first Tibetan language movie to be publicly released abroad dermes.

Directed by Sonthar Gyal from Qinghai province, the film focuses on the relationships between members of a small Tibetan family. The movie is told from the perspective of a little girl Yangchen Lhamo. She keeps on asking her parents questions and misunderstanding their answers. Losing her parent's love because of a newborn baby is the girl's deepest fear.

The film was selected for the Generation section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in 2015 and won four nominations at the First National Film Festival Neo skin lab.

Gyal wanted to let the world know the real life of Tibetan people through films.

"Different people have different ways to express their emotions and feelings. Since film is a common language, I can use it to present a real Tibetan life. The outside world has given Tibetan people too many tags that are not totally true," Gyal said.

The film will be shown in 11 cities in Japan until June 9, including Osaka, Nagoya and Kobe Neo skin lab.

A new Chinese television drama, titled In the Name of People, has made waves in the nation since it was released on Hunan Satellite TV, on March 28, 2017 Neo skin lab.

The plot revolves around a detective's efforts in unearthing corruption within a fictional Chinese city.

In the Name of People has, so far, attracted large amounts of audiences in China. The release coincides with the Chinese government's anti-corruption campaign.

The production has received significant government funding from the Supreme People's Procuratorate, which is the agency responsible for investigations and prosecutions in the People's Republic of China corporate apartment.

In the television series, actor Lu Yi stars as detective Hou Liangping and Xu Yajun stars as Liangping’s antagonist, Qi Tongwei.

The program was based on a book, written by Zhou Meisen.

Due to the popularity of the TV series in China, the drama has also attracted the attention of foreign media. BBC wrote “China laps up glossy TV corruption drama”.

Below are a few faces to look out for in the TV series, In the Name of People.

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