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Senior Chinese leader visits, applauds American-born translator Sidney Shapiro

12-21-2010 21:01 BJT

BEIJING, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Senior Chinese leader Jia Qinglin Tuesday visited Sidney Shapiro, an American-born translator of Chinese literature, and applauded the 95-year-old's contribution to communicating Chinese culture overseas.

Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), congratulated Shapiro, a member of the National Committee of the CPPCC, on receiving the Translators' Association of China's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shapiro won the award 20 days ago for his outstanding work helping people overseas learn about China's past and present. He became the first laureate of the award born outside China.

Showing respect for Shapiro's remarkable achievements in Chinese literary translation, Jia said Shapiro was a pioneer in spreading Chinese literature to the West.

Shapiro committed himself to introducing China to the world and contributed to promoting friendship between Chinese and foreign people, Jia said.

Jia wished Shapiro a happy birthday for his birthday on Thursday.

Shapiro was born in New York in 1915. He first came to China in 1947 and was granted Chinese citizenship in 1963. After the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949, Shapiro devoted himself to translating Chinese literature. He gained his reputation with his English translation of the Chinese classic "Outlaws of the Marsh".

Shapiro also rounded off the English versions of modern Chinese literary works including "The Family" and "The Immense Forest and Snowfield."

As a member of the National Committee of the CPPCC, China's top political advisory body, Shapiro plays an active role offering advice for the country's economic and social development.

Jia expressed appreciation for Shapiro's CPPCC work, expressing hope Shapiro enjoys his golden years while continuing to support China's development.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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