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From 1948 - 1949 Ai Wu was an instructor in Chinese language department at the Chongqing University. In 1950 he became a professor there.
Steeled and Tempered
(Adhering to the socialist realism principles, the book si...)
Adhering to the socialist realism principles, the book sings high praise of the arduous struggle and vigorous spirit of steel workers during the Period of Socialist Construction.
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In 1921, Ai Wu was admitted to Sichuan No. 1 Normal School in Chengdu. As an adolescent, he had hoped to attend Beijing University and take part in the progressive social movements brewing in the capital at the time, but was unable to raise the required funds. He received degree from the Normal College of Changdu, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China.
After receiving his education, Ai Wu lived abroad for several years. He returned to China in 1931. Wu taught for the Chinese language department of Chongqing University from 1948 on and was named a professor there in 1950. In 1954 he became deputy for Sichuan Province to the first National Peoples Congress. He also won this post in 1958 and 1962.
In 1967, at the height of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Ai Wu was imprisoned, along with thousands of fellow Chinese intellectuals. He spent four years in prison. In 1978 he became the head of a writers group that sponsored readings at factories, and in 1985 he was elected advisor to the national Writers’ Association.
When Ai Wu traveled in Burma during his youth, parts of the country were virtually run by bandits. Among his writings reflective of this experience are two novels, "Heading South" and "Banana Vale". The characters encountered in the picaresque "Heading South" include a drug trafficker, selfish parents, and aspiring bandits. The young protagonist of "Banana Vale" follows a group of nomadic bandits. An experience that could have been an adventure darkens when the protagonist witnesses a murder.
Ai Wu wrote another novel, "Steeled and Tempered", as well as the short story collections "Homeward Journey and Other Stories, A New Home and Other Stories", and "Wild Bull Village: Chinese Short Stories". He was also the author of children’s stories and the essays and nonfiction pieces.
He was a contributor to books, including "Modern Chinese Stories", "Born of the Same Roots: Stories of Modern Chinese Women", "Chinese Stories from the Thirties", 1982, etc.
Ai Wu was a member of the League of Leftist Writers.