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10:44, December 26, 2008

2008 Cultural Figures revealed (3)

Feng Jicai

【Reasons for selection】 Nowadays, it is more and more difficult to define the "identity" of author and painter Feng Jicai.

In September 2008, "Symbols of China," a series of cultural books he compiled as editor-in-chief, made their debut at the 15th Beijing International Book Fair and drew quite a bit of attention.

In October, he was appointed counselor of the Counselors' Office of the State Council for a period of five years. The dedicated efforts behind his multiple identities were unknown to the public.

For over a decade, Feng has been on the road traveling between cities and rural areas, promoting his beliefs and practicing what he preaches.

As a result he has made a huge contribution to the salvation and protection of intangible cultural heritage in China, and has awakened the awareness of the value of folk culture in the general public.

Jia Pingwa

【Reasons for selection】 In November 2008, Jia Pingwa won the seventh Mao Dun Literary Prize for his 12th novel, "Qin Qiang," (Shaanxi Opera) becoming a laureate of China's top novel prize.

Moreover, the results of the fifth Public Reading Survey released in April 2008 showed that Jia, together with other writers including Lu Xun, Ba Jin, Lao Shê and Jin Yong (Louis Cha), were the top 10 most popular book writers.

When receiving the seventh Mao Dun Literary Prize for the novel, "Qin Qiang," Jia acclaimed during the presentation speech that "The sigh of ‘Qin Qiang’ is a point stressed in contemporary novels, and it is also a lively reflection of this era."

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