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YK Pao School Hosts Launch of The Book of Light and Darkness

June, 2016
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On 24 May, YK Pao School Secondary Division hosted the launch of The Book of Light and Darkness, the second publication of the ‘Literature on Campus of China’ collection.

The name of the publication was taken from the 40,000-character novel, Light and Darkness, authored by Year 8 students David Xi and Horace Ding. Another two novels by Pao School students were also featured in this edition: Mosquito by Year 10 student Scarlett Wang and Vase by Year 11’s Grace Xu. All three compositions were the winning entries from last year’s writing contest organized by Pao School.

ykpse3808ae58589e6988ee4b88ee9bb91e69a97e4b98be4b9a6e3808be58f91e5b883e4bbaae5bc8fLight and Darkness received high praise from critics. Lu Xun Literary Prize winner Yang commented: “The writing is not only exquisite and accurate but also poetic. At 40,000 characters, it’s an effortless read from start to finish…very imaginative.”

The ceremony was attended by ‘Literature on Campus of China’ Chief Editor Dangxu Yu, Xuelin Press editor Zhengshi Yue, special guest Jiming Luo, Pao School Co-Founder and Deputy Chairman of the Board Philip Sohmen, Pao School Headmaster Zijian Wu, Pao School Secondary Division Executive Principal Dr. Paul Wood and several of Pao School’s teachers, parents and students.

Mr. Yu engaged in dialogue with Xi and Ding on the subject of literary composition, while the two young authors revealed the inspiration for the novel. Ding stated that the idea behind the title was a simple one – they originally wanted to portray France as the embodiment of good, and Germany as the epitome of all that was evil, but that during the writing process, they discovered that in reality, one would find darkness, even in light.

Besides a strong literary program, Pao School has literary and poetry clubs, an editorial department and a school newspaper, giving its students the chance to enjoy the different facets of Chinese literature.


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