Type of Thesis
Matthias L. Richter
An original translation of Bai Xianyong’s “Wandering Through a Garden, Waking from a Dream” along with an introduction to the author as well as a note on translation. “Wandering through a Garden, Waking from a Dream” describes a gathering of former Kun Opera singers ten years after the nationalist army’s retreat to Taiwan. The story depicts the alienation of mainlanders exiled to Taiwan through the psychology of Madam Qian, a former Kun Opera star, as she struggles to reconcile her past in Nanjing with her present in Taiwan. Amid the merriment of the night, “Wandering through a Garden, Waking from a Dream” depicts the struggles of a woman pulled from the social expectations of the mainland’s high society amidst the whirling performances of Kun Opera.
Brown, Morgan, "Bai Xianyong in Translation: Wandering through a Garden, Waking from a Dream" (2015). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 868.