Kenneth H. Pai 白先勇

Emeritus Professor
M.A., University of Iowa


Professor Pai became a professor of Chinese literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1965, and retired in 1994. Pai is an internationally acclaimed author and founder of Modern Literature magazine. He is generally considered among the greatest living stylists of Chinese fiction and prose. His publications include the collections of short stories Lonely Seventeen, Taipei People, and The New Yorker; the collection of prose writing Suddenly the Past; and the novel Crystal Boys. A higher proportion of Pai’s work has been turned into films, TV or stage plays than almost any other contemporary Taiwanese writer. In recent years he devoted his passion and energy to promote Chinese kun opera to the world. He is the general producer and artistic director of Peony Pavilion, which has toured China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the U.S.

Selected Articles:

  • Taipei People [1971; Chinese-English bilingual edition]. Hong Kong: Chinese University
    of Hong Kong, 2000.
  • Crystal Boys [1983; English translation]. San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1990.
  • Wandering in the Garden, Waking from a Dream [1968; English translation]. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982.
  • Lonely Seventeen. Taipei: Yuanjing chuban gongsi, 1976.
  • Fallen Immortals. Taipei: Wenxing shudian, 1967.