Yaw-Chien Fang

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Yaw-Chien Fang
Iāu-khiân Pn
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Born (1958-08-18) August 18, 1958 (age 63)
Tainan, Taiwan
NationalityTaiwanese
Alma mater
  • Chinese Culture University
  • National Cheng Kung University
Occupation
  • Poet
  • Writer
  • Scholar
Awards
  • International Icon of Literature
  • Pentasi B Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Dai-Gang Cultural Award
  • Wu Yong-Fu Literary Criticism Award

Yaw-Chien Fang (Chinese: 方耀乾; Taiwanese: Iāu-khiân Png; Born December 18th, 1958) is a Taiwanese writer, poet and educator. He is a Distinguished Professor of National Taichung University of Education[1] in Taiwan. His expertise is Taiwanese Languages and Literatures, especially in written Hokkien and History of Taiwanese Literature. He is also one of the leading figures in promoting Taiwanese Languages and Literatures in Taiwan.

Biography

Yaw-Chien Fang was born in Tainan, Taiwan on December 18th, 1958. His grandfather Rung-Chin Fang(方榮欽), who practiced in traditional Chinese medicine and is also a traditional Chinese poet, has intensive knowledge of traditional Chinese poetry and Nanguan Music. His great interests in literature began under the influence of his grandfather. During secondary school, he spent a lot of time reading clippings and books his eldest brother bought, this further deepened his interest, and he made up his mind to study literature during this time. In 1991, he began his study and research in Taiwanese Language and Literature, and is actively committed to promoting and implementing Taiwanese Hokkien in education. He graduated from the Department of English language & Literature, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan (1984). He obtained his Master’s degree from Graduate Institute of English Language & Literature, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan (1987) and his PhD from Department of Taiwanese Literature, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (2008).

Career

Lecturer, Center For General Education, Tainan Junior College of Home Economics, Taiwan (1988-2004);

Assistant professor, Center For General Education, Tainan Women's College of Arts and Technology (2004-2008);

Associate professor, Center For General Education, Tainan University of Technology (2008-2010);

Associate professor, Department of Taiwanese Languages & Literature, National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan (2010-2012);

Professor, Department of Taiwanese Languages & Literature, National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan (2012-2015);

Professor & chair, Department of Taiwanese Languages & Literature, National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan (2015-2017);

Distinguished professor & chair, Department of Taiwanese Languages & Literature, National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan (2017-now).

Literary Works

Poetry

My Mother Is An Astronaut (阮阿母是太空人), Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan City Government, Tainan, Taiwan (1999);

Loving Words To My Wife (予牽手的情話), The Tenth Credit Cooperation of Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan (1999); Songs Of Egrets (白翎鷥之歌), Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan County Government, Tainan, Taiwan (2001);

Planting Tainan In My poetry (將詩種佇台南), Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan City Government, Tainan, Taiwan (2002);

Selected Poems Of Fang Yaw-chien (方耀乾台語詩選), Zhen-ping Pulishing House, Tainan, Taiwan (2007);

A Literary Journey Of Yaw-chien Fang (方耀乾的文學旅途), Rong-hou Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan (2009);

Black/White (烏/白), Taiwanese Literature Battlefront, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2011);

Tayouan Paipai (台窩灣擺擺), Taiwanese Literature Battlefront, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2011);

Tayouan Paipai (English edition), Taiwanese Literature Battlefront, Kaohsiung, Taiwan(2013);

Every Place I Set My Foot On Is Taiwan (我腳踏的所在就是台灣), To-hiong Publishing House, Tainan, Taiwan (2017);

ХӨЛИЙН ДООРХ ГАЗАР ДЗЛХИЙ МИНЬ ТАЙВАНЬ (Every Place I Set My Foot On Is Taiwan. Mongolian edition), Gcom Press, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia(2017);

Tayouan Paipai (Telugu & English bilingual edition), Srijana Lokam-Writer’s Corner, Telangana, India(2018).

Non-fiction

A Study of Writing Taiwan by Taiwanese Poets (台語詩人的台灣書寫研究), Fuwen Publishing House, Tainan, Taiwan, 2004;

Observations and Introspections on Taiwanese Literature (台語文學的觀察與省思), Fuwen Publishing House, Tainan, Taiwan, 2004;

The Origin And Development Of Taiwanese Literature (台語文學的起源與發展), self-publishing, Tainan. Taiwan, 2005;

A History of Taiwanese Literature (台語文學史), Wenhui publishing House, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2012;

The Theory And Practice Of Historiography Of Taiwanese Literature (台語文學史書寫理論與實踐), Taiwanese Literature Battlefront, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2013;

From Margins To Centers: The Construction Of Taiwanese Literature (對邊緣到多元中心:台語文學的主體建構), Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan City Government, Tainan, Taiwan, 2014;

Taiwanese Mother-tongue Literatures: Theory of Historiography of Minority Literature (台灣母語文學:少數文學史書寫理論), Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan City Government, Tainan, Taiwan, 2017.

Awards

"International Icon of Literature" from "Mewadev Laurel Award," 2018, Banda, India;

Pride of the Globe, World Nations Writers’ Union, 2017, Almaty, Kazakhstan;

Pentasi B Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017, Hyderabad, India;

Dai-Gang Cultural Award, 32nd World Congresses of Poets 2016, Tainan, Taiwan;

Wu Yong-Fu Literary Criticism Award, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan;

Rong-Hou Prize for Taiwanese Poet, 2009, Taipei,Taiwan;

1st Outstanding Achievement Award for Mother-Tongue Promotion, Ministry of Education, 2008, Taipei, Taiwan;

Wu Zhuo-Liu Literary Prize in Poetry, 2006, Taipei, Taiwan; Tainan Literary Prize in Poetry, 2001, Tainan, Taiwan;

Nan-Ying Literary Award for Best Young Poet, 1998, Tainan, Taiwan, etc.

References

  1. "Fang Yaoqian Distinguished Professor and Head of Department of Yaw-Chien Fang". 國立台中教育大學台灣語文學系.

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