While searching for when Hopscotch lead singer/actress Tian Yuan was going to release her latest album because last I head it was supposed to be this “summer”, I came across the fact that she recently went to Kobe University to talk about 80s generations authors in China. She studied at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, (the one that Happy Camp host He Jiong teaches Arabic at) and she’s put out books both in English and Chinese including Double Mono, which was recently translated and released in Japanese.
Kobe University Foreign Languages is one of the two top schools for foreign languages in Japan, and she was invited by one of the professors there, Mao Danqing. Tian Yuan spoke of how smooth the talk went and how she was impressed by the students. She also talked about being an author and her thoughts when she’s writing, such as self-doubt.
Double Mono was published in 2007 to much discussion, and captured the attention of Japanese publishers, who after much collaboration, got the Japanese version ready this year. It’s Japanese cover differs from the Chinese cover in that it also has Tian Yuan’s own eyes peaking out from behind the entwined hands on the front. You can read it here in Chinese. I haven’t read it yet, idarklight just found it for me. I really want to read her first book, Zebra Woods, because that was in English, and I think I could judge it better. Anyone know where to get that?
For those unacquainted with her, Tian Yuan is pretty amazing. She used to be under the Modern Sky Label with her band Hopscotch, and they released an album in 2002, Wishful Way. I didn’t pay attention to it much when I first heard it, especially because it was in English, accented English. Then I saw the movie Gao Xing, liked Tian Yuan in it, went back and and watched her first movie Butterfly where she was she was nominated for Best Newcomer at Taiwan’s Golden Horse and won at HK’s Film Awards. The soundtrack used two of Hopscotch’s songs and I fell in love with it. And her acting definitely merited those accolades. You can watch an edited versions of it here with subs.
But I think they and Modern Sky legal spat or something and now she’s supposed to be finally releasing a new album this summer under Dong Records (Zhang Yadong’s company). But still there’s no exact date. Although I don’t know exactly if I’m looking forward to it, after the mess producer Zhang Yadong made of the Shining Red Stars album, but all her work is sort of mellow anyway, and suited for his production style.
Her single from her upcoming album
I feel like there’s been a lot of people I liked, whether they be pop or rock, mainstream or indie, who were supposed to be releasing albums this summer, but simply haven’t. I seriously hope one of them do.