Writer backs 'nation of readers' vision

0 Comment(s)Print E-mail China Daily, March 12, 2015
Adjust font size:

Writer Chi Li rarely visits bookshops anymore and instead buys online as she believes it is difficult to find what she calls "real" books on shop shelves.

Chi Li. 

Chi Li.

"Most of the books in shops are reference works to help residents pass a test or earn more money, which in my eyes are not real books," said Chi, 57, from Hubei province.

"It's rare for me to go to bookshops now as I can't find what I want to read. Many of the books are written in the same style and have the same contents, such as advice on how to be rich and successful."

Chi, a deputy to the National People's Congress, was pleased to see that Premier Li Keqiang set out proposals to encourage a love of literature in the Government Work Report he presented at the two sessions.

"We will ensure that more outstanding works of literature and art are created for the people to enjoy, and encourage a love of reading in all our people to build a nation of avid readers," Li said.

Chi said: "It is good that this has been highlighted in such a high-level document, it means our leadership has realized the importance of reading."

However, she remains concerned about the types of book people read. Though several local governments have invested money in building libraries, "it doesn't mean residents can enjoy real reading", she said

"These governments did not carry out research before setting up libraries and had no idea about what books the readers in their regions like or need.

"Therefore, fewer people will be attracted to read in the libraries. If this is so, it will be hard to create a love of literature."

Chi, whose novels include Life Show, Comes and Goes and Good Morning, Lady, added: "Reading good books can contribute to the cultural makeup of a nation and the development of the individual."

Follow China.org.cn on Twitter and Facebook to join the conversation.
Print E-mail Bookmark and Share

Go to Forum >>0 Comment(s)

No comments.

Add your comments...

  • User Name Required
  • Your Comment
  • Enter the words you see:    
    Racist, abusive and off-topic comments may be removed by the moderator.
Send your storiesGet more from China.org.cnMobileRSSNewsletter