Feng Jicai

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Feng Jicai
Tianjin, China
OccupationAuthor, artist and literary scholar

Feng Jicai (simplified Chinese: 冯骥才; traditional Chinese: 馮驥才; pinyin: Féng Jìcái) is a contemporary Chinese author, artist and cultural scholar.


Born in Tianjin in 1942 to a family originally from Ningbo, Zhejiang province, Feng rose to prominence as a pioneer of the Scar Literature movement that emerged after the Cultural Revolution.[1][2][3] He has published close to one hundred literary works that span a number of different topics, styles and genres. His major works include Ah!, The Carved Pipe, The Tall Woman and Her Short Husband, The Miraculous Pigtail, Three Inch Golden Lotus, Zebra Finches, Ten Years of Madness: Oral Histories of China's Cultural Revolution, and Extraordinary People in Our Ordinary World.[1] His work has been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese; internationally, more than forty of his literary works have been published.[1]

Feng is also a cultural scholar. He proposed and directed the Project to Save Chinese Folk Cultural Heritages, and over the last two decades he has campaigned to preserve urban culture and traditional villages. [1][3]

Feng is currently an honorary member of the Literature and Arts Association, honorary president of the China Folk Literature and Art Association, and an adviser to the State Council. He is also dean, professor and PhD supervisor at the Feng Jicai Institute of Literature and Art, Tianjin University, vice chair of the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Evaluation Group, and director of the China Traditional Village Protection Expert Committee. He used to be vice chairman of the China Association for Promoting Democracy Central Committee, vice chairman of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, chairman of the Chinese Folk Literature and Art Association, member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Standing Committee, and chairman of Tianjin Federation of Literary and Art Circles.[1]

In 2013, Feng won the 22nd Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award.[4]

In 2018, the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles honoured Feng and Wu Bing'an with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Folk Art and Literature.[5]

Translated works (English)[edit]

  • Chrysanthemums and Other Stories (1985)[6]
  • The Miraculous Pigtail (1987)[7]
  • Voices from the Whirlwind (1991)[8]
  • Three Inch Golden Lotus (1994)[9]
  • Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom (1995)[10]
  • Ten Years of Madness: Oral Histories of China's Cultural Revolution (1996)[11]
  • Selected Stories by Feng Jicai (1999)[12]
  • Faces in the Crowd: 36 Extraordinary Tales of Tianjin (2019)[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e Feng Jicai Institute of Literature and Art, Tianjin University. Yilin Publishing House. 2019. ISBN 978-7-5447-7689-9.
  2. ^ Leung, Laifong, 1948- (2017). Contemporary Chinese fiction writers : biography, bibliography, and critical assessment. New York. ISBN 9780765617606. OCLC 936349715.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b "Feng Jicai--Savior of Chinese Folk Culture". China Plus. 8 May 2006. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Author Feng Jicai wins culture award - People's Daily Online". en.people.cn. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  5. ^ Chen, Fengjun 陈凤军 (2018-07-12). "90岁民俗学家乌丙安在德国柏林逝世,深研中国民俗学65年". The Paper. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  6. ^ Feng, Jicai. (1985). Chrysanthemums and other stories. Wilf, Susan ([1st ed.] ed.). San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. ISBN 0-15-117878-X. OCLC 11783009.
  7. ^ Feng, Chi-tsʻai. (1987). The miraculous pigtail (1st ed.). Beijing, China: Panda Books. ISBN 0-8351-2050-3. OCLC 18426733.
  8. ^ Feng, Jicai. (1991). Voices from the whirlwind : an oral history of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1st ed.). New York, N.Y.: Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-394-58645-X. OCLC 22626527.
  9. ^ Feng, Chi-tsài. (1994). The three-inch golden lotus. Wakefield, David, 1950-, Goldblatt, Howard, 1939-. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-585-25005-7. OCLC 44955241.
  10. ^ Feng, Chi-tsʻai. (1995). Let one hundred flowers bloom. Smith, Christopher. London: Viking. ISBN 0-670-85805-6. OCLC 34203857.
  11. ^ Feng, Jicai. (1996). Ten years of madness : oral histories of China's Cultural Revolution (1st ed.). San Francisco: China Books & Periodicals. ISBN 0-8351-2584-X. OCLC 36169370.
  12. ^ Feng, Jicai.; 冯骥才. (1999). Feng Jicai xiao shuo xuan = Selected stories by Feng Jicai (Di 1 ban ed.). Beijing: Zhongguo wen xue chu ban she, Wai yu jiao xue yu yan jiu chu ban she. ISBN 7-5600-1669-3. OCLC 44871143.
  13. ^ Feng, Jicai (2019). Faces in the Crowd: 36 Extraordinary Tales of Tianjin. Translated by Milburn, Olivia. London: Sinoist Books. ISBN 978-1838905019.

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