Ye Weiqu

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Ye Weiqu
Native name 叶渭渠
Born (1929-08-06)August 6, 1929
Cholon, French Indo-China
Died December 11, 2010(2010-12-11) (aged 81)
Beijing, China
Occupation Translator, scholar, professor
Language Chinese, Japanese
Alma mater Peking University
Period 1955 - 2005
Genre Novel
Notable works Snow Country
Thousand Cranes
Spouse Tang Yuemei (m. 1956–2005)

Ye Weiqu (simplified Chinese: 叶渭渠; traditional Chinese: 葉渭渠; pinyin: Yè Weìqú; 6 August 1929 - 11 December 2010) was a Chinese Vietnamese translator and scholar.[1][2] Ye was a visiting professor at Waseda University, Gakushuin University and Ritsumeikan University.

He was among the first few in China who translated the works of Yasunari Kawabata's into Chinese language.[3]


Ye was a Chinese Vietnamese born on Cholon, French Indo-China in August 6, 1929, with his ancestral home in Dongguan, Guangdong.

In 1952, Ye went to Beijing from Hong Kong, he graduated from Peking University, majoring in Japanese at the Department of East Language and Literature.[1] After graduation, he was appointed an editor to the People's Literature Publishing House and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

In 1966, the Cultural Revolution was launched by Mao Zedong, Ye and his wife Tang Yuemei's whole collection of books was burned by the Red Guards, the couple were sent to the May Seventh Cadre Schools to work in Henan.

In 1976, Hua Guofeng and Ye Jianying toppled the Gang of Four, the couple were rehabilitated by Deng Xiaoping, at the same time, they started to study Japanese literature.

Ye died of heart disease at Chuiyangliu Hospital, in Beijing, on December 11, 2010.[4]



Personal life[edit]

In 1956, Ye married his middle school sweetheart Tang Yuemei, also a translator, in Beijing.[10]


  1. ^ a b 叶渭渠 (1929~) . (in Chinese). 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ye Weiqu". 
  3. ^ 葉渭渠 . (in Japanese). 2008-07-21. 
  4. ^ 值得好好研究的叶渭渠先生 . (in Chinese). 2013-11-25. 
  5. ^ Ye Weiqu (2010-11-01). 《日本文化史》 (in Chinese). Beijing: Beijing Institute of Technology Press. ISBN 9787564038250. 
  6. ^ Ye Weiqu (2009-07-01). 《日本文学思潮史》 (in Chinese). Beijing: Peking University Press. ISBN 9787301153499. 
  7. ^ Ye Weiqu (2005-08-01). 《谷崎润一郎传》 (in Chinese). Beijing: New World Press. ISBN 9787801877017. 
  8. ^ Yasunari Kawabata (2013-08-14). 《雪国》 (in Chinese). Translated by Ye Weiqu. Nanhai Publishing House. ISBN 9787544265591. 
  9. ^ Yasunari Kawabata (2010-08-01). 《伊豆的舞女》 (in Chinese). Translated by Ye Weiqu. Nanhai Publishing House. ISBN 9787544248679. 
  10. ^ 叶渭渠、唐月梅 最美学者伉俪 . (in Chinese). 2010-12-17.