Yang Kui

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Yang Kui (Chinese: 楊逵; pinyin: Yángkuí; Wade–Giles: Yang K'uei; 18 October 1905 – 12 March 1985) was a prominent writer in Japanese Taiwan. Raised in Japanese-language schools, he went to the Japanese mainland, where he experienced both persecution and acceptance, especially by Japanese communists. Under these influences he became a proletarian novelist. After World War II, he was imprisoned by the Kuomintang government from 1949 to 1961. After being released from prison, he had to learn the Chinese language from his granddaughter Yang Tsui [zh], as Japanese had been the common language of Taiwan until the time of his imprisonment.

His most famous work is The Newspaper Man, first written in Japanese as Shimbun Haitatsu Fu (新聞配達夫) and re-written in Chinese by Yang after his imprisonment, as 送報夫. Written in Japanese, it is the story of a young Taiwanese student struggling to make money as a newspaper delivery boy.

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  • "The Indomitable Rose-- The Yang Kui Literary Memorial Hall ," Taiwan Culture Portal, 15 May 2007
  • "壓不扁的玫瑰" (The Indomitable Rose) by Yang K'uei
  • Huang, Joyce (11 Jul 2001). "Standing Up to Everyone". Taipei Times. p. 11.
  • 楊逵文學的流變佮伊的意義 (The Significance of Fluctuating Yang Kui's Literature).
  • Yee, Angelina C. (December 1995). "Writing the Colonial Self: Yang Kui's Texts of Resistance and National Identity". Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR). 17: 111. doi:10.2307/495556.