Sunday, 27 March 2016

My new Jianghu blog

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Dear readers, to accommodate the growing wuxia/jianghu posts I have on this blog, today I just published my new blogspot specifically for that topic. Called 'The Realm of Rivers and Lakes', with the blog address RiverAndLakeRealm, the blog is specifically for wuxia, jianghu or wulin posts, in particular those featuring Michael Miu Kiu Wai and Barbara Yung Mei Ling. As such, I have copied all Michael/Barbara related posts to my "Realm of River and Lakes" blog site. All comments have been imported there too. 

The summary of new wuxia posts will still be posted here if they are Michael/Barbara related, but the full article will only be at the new Realm of Rivers and Lakes blog. Non MB posts (e.g., if I do want to write a summary on Return of Condor Heroes 1983) will only be posted in the Realm of Rivers and Lakes. Hence, I do recommend that my regular wuxia/jianghu readers subscribe to my new blog to get the regular updates of new posts.

Note to those new with the 'Jianghu (江湖)', the literal translation is 'rivers and lakes', usually to convey the world explored by martial artisans. There is a very interesting article by Helena Yuen Wai from the University of Hong Kong that explored this matter. Click here for said article. Abstract is below the break. I've read the paper; it was a very informative read.

Thank you for visiting my new site!

"Journey Across Rivers and Lakes"
by Helena Yuen Wai 
University of Hong Kong


This paper sets out to explore the possibility as well as the impossibility of representing a seemingly untranslatable term: jianghu (江湖), which literally means “rivers and lakes” in the Chinese language. The paper discusses how the term evolves almost like an organic entity of its own, stretching from Chinese literature, cinema to the everyday use of the term as slangs and idioms. By looking at how the term is translated from one language to another, from an ancient context to a (post)modern context, and further away from one generation to another, this paper attempts to study the process of adaptation and translation beyond a linguistic scope, but towards a broader field of literary, cultural and film studies. The paper also examines how the process of translating, adapting and imagining jianghu can be deemed a manifestation of the Derridian concept of “supplementarity”.


Tamuyen Truong said...

Nice Icha! I will be excited to read on your new blog! But what about this blog? What will you do with it?

Icha said...

Hi Tammy! Thank you for for your visit. Well, this blog will still exist, for it was originally created as a random rambling of mine. What I didn't realise six months ago was that I'd be writing 65 Michael/Barbara posts by now, hence it's not a random rambling anymore. Rather, it has become systematic posts. By focusing my jianghu/wuxia posts in Rivers and Lakes, I do a favour to myself cos it's nice to post articles in a blog that is more organised. I think readers will also find it like that, for it's nicer indeed to read posts in a specific blog uncluttered by other themes (like recipes, travel notes, or my reviews of other genres). Over time, I might not post too often anymore (not soon; I still have like 10 things to post on the Rivers and Lakes, including a review on Jin Yong's LOCH novel), hence my Jianghu site will serve as an archive site for all things related to Michael, Barbara and wuxia. But readers won't have to scroll down to find wuxia posts, cos all things I post there are wuxia-related.

This blog will still be here for me to post other things like recipes, saree (haven't done that yet), travel, other movies... And I will still post alerts of MB wuxia posts here, linked to my main Jianghu blog. But the main blog for the MB wuxia and jianghu in general will be Rivers and Lakes for now on. As promised, I will still write fanfictions for a foreseeable future. I have one on Yang Kang halfway through now. So I hope to see you there soon!

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