Acquisition of proficiency in a foreign language calls for diligent practices in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Learning Chinese is no exception. To a student of Chinese, extensive reading exercises are as important as constant exposure to spoken Mandarin.
Cultural China: Chinese-English Readers series is an open-ended series of collections of writings in Chinese, mostly essays, short stories or novels by contemporary Chinese writers. Our purpose in putting together this bilingual series is to help you enjoy contemporary Chinese literature and other writings in their authentic, unadulterated flavour and to understand the Chinese society, culture, history, and the contemporary life of the Chinese people as you learn language and hone your reading skills. A bilingual text will assist you in better savoring these works and in checking your understanding of the Chinese original against the English translation.
About “She Knocked at the Door“ and Zhang Jie
“She Knocked at the Door” is the story of a Chinese girl, told in her own words, of her life from childhood to adulthood. Her story is set in the period of China’s great difficulties and the girl endured terrible blows that split the family. She faced not only the usual, everyday adversities, but also surprising and tragic events that no child should experience. She learned later of her origin and proceeded with grace and fortitude to go on with her life.
The novel “She Knocked at the Door” was first published in May 1997 and has been reprinted several times. It has won a few children’s literature prizes. This bilingual reader is an abridged edition of the original novel.
Zhang Jie works as an editor of children’s literature with a Shanghai publisher, but she also loves to write for children. She is a member of Chinese Writers Association. Her literary works written with children in mind include novels “She Knocked at the Door”, “Secret Territory”, and “When Flowers Bloom”, collections of essays “The Eternal White Dove” and “Moonlight Dance”. She is a winner of a number of children’s literature book prizes in China.