Abel Han wins the championship in the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Literature Award


韓松勇奪台積電文學獎

Date: 24 Feb 2016 (Wednesday)

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English student wins Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Literature Award

英國語言文學學生勇奪台積電文學獎

Abel Han Song (English Language and Literature, Year 4) won the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Literature Award 2015. The award-winning novella will be published by Ink Literary Monthly

The biennial award for Sinophone novella writing, TSMC Literature Award provides an avenue for new writers around the globe to gain exposure. The Statues, Abel’s award-winning novella (in Chinese), is inspired by his parents’ generation and he used a mythological way to capture the essence of their daily lives which had been affected by many historical events. 

Abel was pleased and surprised to win the award. The most exciting part for him was to be able to get comments and suggestions from famous writers who sat on the panel of judges. He is also pleased that it will be featured in Ink Literary Monthly, enabling his novella to reach a wide readership. He added that feedback would be beneficial for his future writing. 

Abel started writing in Chinese and won an award when he was in secondary school. He thinks that to some extent, Chinese vernacular fiction is influenced by western culture so what he learnt from studying English Language and Literature, such as theories, philosophies and methodologies, helped him to reconsider and reexamine the language and storytelling in his Chinese fictional works. 

He thanked the Department of English Language and Literature for equipping him with a new lens to interpret contemporary China and a lot of new ways to put his thoughts into words, and Faculty of Arts for providing a creative atmosphere for his writing. He was also grateful for having the good fortune to meet many renowned Sinophone writers and study from their first-hand experience at International Writers' Workshops organised by the Faculty of Arts. 

Abel’s writing skill has been widely recognised by the literary community. He won first prize in the New Concept Writing Competition 2012 and first runner-up in the Prose division of the Intervarsity Creative Writing Competition 2015. He was also one of the contributors to the debut issue of the English Department’s Edge: HKBU Creative Journal.

韓松(英國語言文學四年級)憑小說《塑像》,獲頒台積電文學獎,得獎作品可獲《印刻文學生活誌》刊登。
 
兩年一度的台積電文學獎,吸引全球小說創作新手提交作品。韓同學作品的靈感,來自他父母的成長年代,並利用神話式的筆觸去描述他們的生活如何備受不同歷史事件所影響。
 
他對獲獎感到榮幸及意外,他說,透過參賽,可以得到作家、評審們的寶貴建議和評價,而且隨著《印刻文學生活誌》的出版,他的小說可以接觸到更多讀者,讓他感到振奮,認為對他未來的發展大有裨益。

韓同學早在中學時代已開始中文寫作,並曾經獲獎。他認為,現代中文坊間小說受西方文學影響很大,因此在浸大所學的,例如理論、哲學及方法學等,對他再研究及檢視中文作品時大有幫助。

他感謝英國語言文學系提供的各項課程,讓他能夠以嶄新角度去思考當代中國的情況,又學懂用不同的方法,將所思所想化為文字;而文學院也締造了良好的創作環境,例如舉辦國際作家工作坊,他可以從中親身與許多優秀的華文作家交流,學習新知識。
 
韓同學憑著出色寫作技巧,獲得不少獎項,包括2012年新概念作文大賽冠軍、2015年大學文學獎散文組亞軍;他也是英國語言文學系刊物《Edge: HKBU Creative Journal》主要撰稿人之一。