SGI-HK Cosponsors Exhibition on Lu Xun in Hong Kong and Macau
The "Who is Lu Xun?" exhibition showcasing the life and works of the Chinese writer, Lu Xun, was shown at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center from February 4 to 25, 2007. The exhibition was jointly sponsored by Shanghai Lu Xun Culture Development Center, Shaoxing Residents' Association of Hong Kong and SGI-Hong Kong.
Zhou Lingfei, Lu Xun's grandson and director of the Shanghai Lu Xun Culture Development Center, spoke at the opening on February 4, touching on the exchanges between his center and the Soka Gakkai and Soka University. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda has been appointed as a lifetime consultant of the center as well as an honorary consultant of both the Beijing Lu Xun Museum and the Shanghai Lu Xun Museum. President Ikeda has written about Lu Xun on numerous occasions and, in March 2005, contributed a long essay on Lu Xun and his ideals to the Soka Gakkai's newspaper, Seikyo Shimbun, as part of a published lecture series.
Mr. Zhou said, "Lu Xun is well known among China's 1.3 billion people. However, owing to political factors and the class struggles that existed in China in the last century, his name was ideologized, typecast and exploited as a political weapon, thus obscuring his true worth as a philosopher and an outstanding master of contemporary literature. In the 21st century, class struggles in China have started to wane and the country is making great efforts to create a harmonious society. People are now starting to ask whether Lu Xun is still relevant in this modern age and whether his existence now is only of historical value." Mr. Zhou said that the exhibition deals with these questions, giving a true portrayal of Lu Xun and promulgating his ideals.
Dr. Henry H.L. Hu, the president of Hong Kong Shue Yan University and honorary president of the Shaoxing Residents' Association of Hong Kong, as well as Hong Kong Cosmos Books Deputy Editor Sun Lichuan attended the opening.
The exhibition was also shown in Macau from April 26 to May 3 under the sponsorship of the Shanghai Lu Xun Culture Development Center and several organizations and government bodies in Macau, including the Macau Government Tourist Office, the Chinese Educators' Association of Macau and SGI-Macau.
[Lu Xun (1881-1936) is the pen name of Zhou Shuren, one of China's most influential writers. His works, critical of the social ills of the country during his day, arose from his love of his country and its people and sought to awaken them to their civil and social responsibilities. His best-known short stories include "A Madman's Diary," "The Story of Ah Q" and "New Year's Sacrifice."]
[Adapted from articles in the March 5, 2007 issue of Li Ming Sheng Bao, SGI-Hong Kong, and the May 18, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]