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Rose, Rose, I Love You

Rose, Rose, I Love You
Original work 玫瑰玫瑰我愛你
Author Wang Chen-Ho
Translator Howard Goldblatt
Publisher Columbia University Press
Publication year 1998
   Page 183
Language English
ISBN/ISSN 0-231-11202-5
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Wang Chen-ho (1940~1990) was born in Hualien Taiwan. He graduated from the department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University. He used to be a visiting writer at the University of Iowa in the United States. In 1961, he published his first short story “Ghost, North Wind, and People”. Since then, he was famous for his vivid portraits of native folks with creative and unique language style. His well known works include Rose, Rose, I Love you, Portraits of Beauties, The Ox-cart for Dowry etc. He died of cancer in 1999. Rose, Rose, I Love you is a fantastic satire of local opportunists who tried to make profits by providing American soldiers exotic prostitute service during their short visit at Hualien before they headed for Vietnam War. The story is centered on a high-school English teacher who was hired by major local brothels in town to train and teach their prostitutes simple English in a short period. Unsurprisingly, misunderstanding sequentially happened during the training period. The satiric characterizations and comical situations in humorous dialogue mixed with local dialects and pidgin English poignantly criticize the dominant capitulation mentality at the time. The English translator, Dr. Howard Goldblatt, currently teaches at the University of Notre Dame. As one of the famous English translators of contemporary Chinese novel, he has published more than thirty English translations of the novels and short stories written by writers from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

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