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Taiwan-born novelist wins Japan's popular literature award

Taiwan-born novelist wins Japan's popular literature award

Tokyo, July 16 (CNA) Akira Higashiyama, a Taiwan-born migrant writer in Japan, won the semi-annual Naoki Prize, a Japanese literary award for popular literature. He was honored at the award presentation ceremony Thursday evening in Tokyo.
The 47-year-old author, who is also known as Wang Chen-hsu in Chinese, in his award-winning novel depicted a family saga based on the tragic stories of his grandfather during the years of hostile confrontation between the nationalist Chinese government and the Chinese communists.
He said that he chose Akira as last name for his pen name, because it is close to the origin of his family, Shandong on the Chinese mainland. As to the forename Higashiyama, it is close to the name of the Taiwanese city of Changhua where he lived during his early childhood.
Akira Higashiyama is a well-known name in Japan, especially among suspense novel fans. In 2009 he won the Haruhiko Oyabu Award for his detective fiction series "Roadside."
Having lived in Japan for nearly 40 years, being married to a Japanese and having two children, the novelist said that as a immigrant, he had gone through a phase of being confused about his identity.
Now, the identity issue no longer puzzles him because, to him, home is where the family is, he said in an interview with CNA.
He said writing this family saga had been a great challenge to him. Most of the materials came from the oral history from his father. He was grateful that the novel was appreciated by readers and the Japanese media. The novel has become a best seller.
(By M.C. Yang and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-05-11 20:51 GMT+08:00