The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0566 Monday, 29 March 1999.
Date: Friday, 26 Mar 1999 14:31:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Shakespeare in China
A story that might illustrate the notion that different cultures value
In the mid-80s, I taught ESL at an engineering college in Central
China. One of my students, about 19 years old, asked me if I knew Mr.
William Shakespeare's plays. Of course, I answered and I inquired which
she was interested in. She was reading a translation of Timon of Athens,
a play which seems to be more highly valued in China than anywhere else
I know of. It was performed at China's first Shakespeare Festival and
given rave reviews in the Chinese press. Unfortunately, I was too far
from Beijing to have seen the performance. I have since thought that the
play might appeal more in culture with highly codified standards of
On another point, China has its own laws regarding copyrighted material,
and when in Rome . . . However, I question whether a DVD bought in
China will meet international copyright laws, and a person could
potentially get into unfortunate trouble by importing movies still
showing in their first runs.
Finally, our colleagues in Taiwan may want to try Amazon.com and
BarnesandNoble.com for book orders; I believe these companies will ship
internationally. And on the inquiry about protests of the Virgin Queen,
I think John Knox railed against her. His works are in print from
Cambridge. Hope this helps.