Easy-to-Read Chinese Short Stories, Book 1
For Chinese Learners, By Chinese Learners
17 best entries from Chinese Writing Contest 2021
Presented in simplified Chinese, pinyin, and English
This is the first book in the series that is for Chinese learners and by Chinese learners.
Early in 2021, Chinese learners worldwide were invited to participate in the first MSL Master Chinese Writing Contest. Entries were limited to using 320 unique Chinese characters. Out of 82 submissions, 17 of them were ranked the highest in a public vote on Twitter. These top-ranked works are included in this book, a wonderful collection of very short stories, poems and a mini play.
The 17 authors are from eight different regions and countries. Some are younger; some are older. Some are still studying in schools; some are working professionals. Some have not studied Chinese for long; Some have put in many years of time and effort. Most of them are learning Chinese in a non-Chinese speaking environment. Most of them are learning Chinese as a second or a third language. Despite all their differences, they share the passion for Chinese and they were brought together in this Chinese Writing Contest. Together, they have created worlds that are full of love, desire and ambition.
From these entries, you’ll see that their Chinese language skills are varied. In their hands, the 320 characters are like a sheet of loose sand, some can make them into a cute figurine; some can make them into a magnificent castle; some can make them into a powerful computer chip. Some writings are lyrical and simple, easy to understand; some use neat techniques to present a complex picture that requires readers to have more Chinese trainings. This unevenness, this natural spectrum often found in a Chinese class, demonstrates necessary stages in learning progress. As a result, this book can be read by both beginner students and advanced students.
Don’t consider this book as a monumental work. Instead, appreciate the sparkling minds and original thoughts from all these burgeoning authors. Their Chinese learning journey does not stop at 320 Chinese characters, neither does their writing career. Some of them may shine in the literary world in the future. We’ll be glad to claim the credit that we have had the first glimpse.
Also, you may not like all 17 of them. That’s the way it is for everything. It’s like listening to radio. Different people prefer different songs. If you can be inspired by a few of the writings, this book serves its purpose.
Free audio is available below.
Editors: April Zhang and Jeff Pepper
Edition: First Edition
Publication time: 2022
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