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The Soul of Jade Mountain By Husluman Vava

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The Soul of Jade Mountain

About the Author and the Translator

About the Author

Husluman Vava (1958–2007), was born in the Indigenous Bunun village of Takimi (Longquan), Taitung County in southeastern Taiwan. As a university student he studied the myths and legends of his people. Then, as a schoolteacher in a Bunun community, he participated in many traditional cultural activities. His early writing explores traditional Bunun culture and mythology, while in his later work he takes a greater interest in cultural and religious values. The Spirit of Jade Mountain, for which Vava won the Taiwan Literature Award, is his most important work. It follows a Bunun boy’s growth to maturity, and his quest for meaning in the cultural and religious customs of his village.

About the Translator

Terence Russell is a senior scholar of Chinese in the Asian Studies Centre at the University of Manitoba. He received his PhD in classical Chinese from Australian National University and his MA and BA in Chinese from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Russell has translated the works of numerous Indigenous and ethnic Chinese writers. He also has rendered two full-length novels by the Shandong writer Zhang Wei: September Fable (Jiuyue yuyan) and Seven Kinds of Mushrooms (Mogu qizhong). He is currently coeditor of Taiwan Literature: English Translation Series.