By: Chen Chi-chung and Lilian Wu
Taipei, May 22 (CNA) People who have suffered from bad luck have the best life stories to tell, said writer Chi Pang-yuan (齊邦媛) on Friday, and she hoped more people will write the hard-luck stories of those who retreated to Taiwan after the Chinese civil war.
At a forum marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the second Sino-Japanese War in 1945, Chi said the best parts of the “Records of the Grand Historian of China” (史記) by Ssu-Ma Chien (司馬遷), a literary master and historian of the West Han dynasty, are the records of those with poor luck.
“Those who have bad luck have the best stories, because people can only reach the pinnacles of their lives after suffering bad luck and disappointment and having their values seen by others,” Chi said. [FULL STORY]