Self-Portrait of a Woman Writer
Ling, Ding, UNESCO Courier
Self-portrait of a woman writer
I am a Chinese writer, and for the first sixty years of my life I lived, worked and wrote in the wake of the Chinese people, by whose difficulties I have been guided and inspired. In this way I came to know the world and its contradictions, but at the cost of many trials and tribulations. Today, at the age of seventy-seven, one hope remains--to be able to serve my fellow countrymen until I die.
I was born in 1904, at a time when the Manchu Empire was in its death throes, into a family of notables, a breeding-ground of mandarins such as described in those great classic Chinese novels Dream of the Red Chamber, by Cao Xueqin, and The …
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Publication information: Article title: Self-Portrait of a Woman Writer. Contributors: Ling, Ding - Author. Magazine title: UNESCO Courier. Publication date: May-June 1986. Page number: 47. © 1984 UNESCO. COPYRIGHT 1986 Gale Group.