Feng Jicai (simplified Chinese: 冯骥才; traditional Chinese: 馮驥才; pinyin: Féng Jìcái) is an author whose works consist mostly of short stories involving historical events related to his hometown of Tianjin. He has also written stories about the lives of several prominent men and is an artist who specializes in calligraphy and painting.
Feng was born in 9 February 1942 in Tianjin. After graduating from secondary school in 1960, he worked for a calligraphy institute. During the 1970s, he taught at an arts and handicrafts school. He remained in Tianjin until about 1982, when he began serving as executive chairman for various literary associations, including the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the Tianjin Writers Association; a branch of the China Writers Association.
Since the 1990s, he has been especially devoted to preserving the culture of Tianjin; primarily its folk art. During the same time that he was working on his writings, he dedicated many hours to preserving that art and created a book which described some of the most interesting examples.
His interest in preserving Tianjin culture extended to saving and restoring notable examples of the local architecture. Much of this work was funded directly from his own income and the sale of some items from his personal art collection. In 2003, due in part to his advocacy, a program was instituted to study the issue of preservation. This resulted in the "Notice on Strengthening the Conservation of Cultural Heritage", which was issued by the State Council of China in December 2005. Ultimately however, as described in The Last Days of Old Beijing by Michael Meyer, this effort was, at least in some areas, a failure.
In addition to his novels and short stories, he wrote several newspaper articles urging the citizens of Tianjin to take action and show responsibility in preserving their community.
- The Street-Sweeping Show (short story)
- Three Inch Golden Lotus (1985)
- The Miraculous Pigtail (1988)
- Worlds of Fiction (1993)
- Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom (1995)
- Ten Years of Madness: Oral Histories of China's Cultural Revolution (1996)
- The Longman Anthology of Short Fiction (2000)
- The Tall Woman and Her Short Husband (short story)
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