Revitalize the Nation: Wang Jingwei Nanshe Poetry

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Wang Jingwei’s Nanshe Poetry —The Newly Compiled and Expanded Edition published by the Wang Jingwei Irrevocable Trust in collaboration with Eight Corners Books is available worldwide on April 1, 2024 through Elephant White Cultural Enterprise. Readers can purchase the printed book from online retailers such as Books.com, Eslite, Kingstone, and other major bookstores. The ebook will be available on the following platforms.

This book gathers the content of Nanshe Poetry, accompanied by scans of over 130 pages of Wang Jingwei's manuscripts. It constitutes an indispensable historical material for studying literary societies, intellectual networks, and revolutionary literature during the Republican Era.

What is Nanshe, or Southern Society? And how does it relate to Wang Jingwei?

The fact that revolutionaries could persevere depends on the nourishment from revolutionary literature. This is how we could continue to fight for 300 years, never breaking our spirit. WANG JINGWEI

Nanshe was a literary society of scholars advocating for Han Nationalism with the goal to eliminate Manchu rule through revolution. Founded in 1909 by Liu Yazi, Chen Qubing and Gao Xu in Suzhou (all three were members of the Tongmenghui revolutionary movement), Nanshe (Southern Society) stood in opposition to the North represented by the Manchurian Qing regime. From its inception until it was disbanded in 1923, Nanshe had more than 1,000 members who made significant contributions in politics, education, translation, and science. Read more.

Wang Jingwei became a member of Nanshe in 1912 before going to France to continue his study. In early 1930, using the pen name Manzhao, Wang Jingwei began to publish “Nanshe Poetry” in Hong Kong’s South China Daily newspaper, with content including the works and anecdotes of more than 200 other members. 

Why do we need to read Wang Jingwei’s Nanshe Poetry —The Newly Compiled and Expanded Edition?

The spirit of those who perished lives on in literature, which serves as a guiding light. Those who survive bear the predecessors’ responsibility for the Republic to keep charging forth. Until change is achieved, they cannot stop. Even if the dead should come back to life, the living would not feel ashamed.WANG JINGWEI

Wang Jingwei’s Nanshe Poetry —The Newly Compiled and Expanded Edition aims to provide primary source material for the study of Nanshe, Wang Jingwei and the politics, culture, and history of the early Republican era and restores what has been lost through history, providing readers with a glimpse into literature that was built on determination, will and unwavering spirit.

In addition to its literary value, the book also records the experiences of revolutionaries such as Sun Yat-sen, Zhao Boxian, Qiu Jin, including information never recorded in history books. Examples include: the reason for Wang Jingwei’s release from prison in 1911; the tearful meeting between Hunan revolutionary Chen Tianhua and Sun Yat-sen; and the threat to the National government from anarchism, or “the doctrine of no government. ” Readers will discover many more invaluable truths.

What is new in the expanded edition?

Since Nanshe Poetry was published decades ago, and the original publications in South China Daily can no longer be found, and the reprinted columns in The Chung Hwa Times were released out of order, it is difficult for readers to grasp the full text as it was originally intended. Although several books have been released based on the only accessible resources, the definitive original text had not been published.

The 2019 publication of Wang Jingwei Nanshe Poetry included, for the first time, Wang Jingwei’s 132 pages of handwritten manuscript of Nanshe Poetry, created under the pen name Manzhao. It allows Nanshe Poetry to be appreciated and studied for its own inherent value, no longer distracted by the question of authorship.

Wang Jingwei’s Nanshe Poetry —The Newly Compiled and Expanded Edition includes 16 additional essays to Wang’s handwritten manuscript gathered from other primary sources, providing readers with the most complete edition of Nanshe Poetry to date.

What additional value does Wang Jingwei’s Nanshe Poetry —The Newly Compiled and Expanded Edition offer?

This new publication will broaden our understanding of Wang Jingwei’s literary prowess, political roles, historical background and context. The analyses and critiques of various Nanshe members in Nanshe Poetry also provide an enlightening look at Wang’s own work. The book includes quotations of poems by other Nanshe members, which sometimes differ from what is found in other publications of these members, and offers ample opportunities for readers’ to make their own discoveries.

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