Ke Wang

Ke Wang

May 9th 2014

Top ten books

1) One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
2) Invisible City, Italo Calvino
3) Dream of the Red Chamber, Cao XueQin
(Written sometime in the middle of the 18th century during the Qing Dynasty, it is considered a masterpiece of Chinese literature and is generally acknowledged to be the pinnacle of Chinese fiction. “Redology” is the field of study devoted exclusively to this work. Red Chamber is believed to be semi-autobiographical, mirroring the rise and decay of author Cao Xueqin’s own family and, by extension, of the Qing Dynasty)
4) Mushishi, Yuki Urushibara
(Mushishi 蟲師 is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara. The story features ubiquitous creatures called Mushi 蟲 that often display supernatural powers. It is implied that there are many more life forms more primitive than “normal” living things such as animals, plants, fungi and bacteria, and Mushi is the most primitive of all. Due to their ethereal nature most humans are incapable of perceiving Mushi and are oblivious to their existence, but there are a few who possess the ability to see and interact with Mushi. One such person is Ginkoギンコ, the main character of the series. The series is an episodic anthology in which the only common elements among episodes are Ginko and the various types of Mushi. There is no overarching plotline.)
5) The Shape of Time, George Kubler
6) The Chan’s Great Continent, Jonathan D. Spence
7) 84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff and Frank Doel
8) Fu Lei’s Family Letters, Fu Cong, Zhu Meifu
(This is one of the 200 letters Fu Lei, a renowned literary translator wrote to his son Fu Cong, a famous pianist, from 1954 and 1966. They were published as a book titled “Fu Lei’s Family Letters” in 1981.)
9) Norwegian Wood (ノルウェイの森 Noruwei no Mori), Haruki Murakami
10) Classic of Poetry, Shijing (The Classic of Poetry, also Shijing or Shih-ching, translated variously as the Book of Songs, Book of Odes, or simply known as the Odes or Poetry is the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry, comprising 305 works dating from the 11th to 7th centuries BC. It is one of the “Five Classics” traditionally said to have been compiled by Confucius, and has been studied and memorized by scholars in China and neighboring countries over two millennia.)

Top ten movies

1) Yi Yi, Edward Yang (
2) Once Upon a Time in America, Sergio Leone
3) Buena Vista Social Club, Wim Wenders
4) Devils on the Doorstep, Wen Jiang (
5) The Dreamers, Bernardo Bertolucci
6) Little Cheung, Fruit Chan (
7) K-PAX, Iain Softley
8) Whatever Works, Woody Allen
9) What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Lasse Hallström
10) Chen is Missing, Wayne Wang

Top ten albums

1) Dust of Time, Eleni Karaindrou
2) Mothership, Led Zepplin
3) Greatest Hits, Guns N’Roses
4) Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky, Ok Go
5) Amnesiac, Radiohead
6) Lunático, Gotan project
7) Swoon, Silversun pickups
8) Original Soundtrack of “Pina”
9) Samurai Champloo – Departure, Nujabes
10) Soon It Will Be Cold Enough, Emancipator

Top ten favorite Writers

1) Leo Tolstoy
2) Charles Dickens
3) F. Scott Fitzgerald
4) Jonathan D. Spence
5) Clement Greenberg
6) Wu Hung
7) Yasunari Kawabata
8) Lilian Lee
9) Eileen Chang
10) Ichiyō Higuchi

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