un héros de la vie (3)

door johan_velter

simon leys

“Sir, – As a former colleague of Pierre Ryckmans (Simon Leys) in the Faculty of Asian Studies of the Australian National University, may I please point out that Pierre never ‘taught at the University of Canberra’ (see Henri Astier’s review, January 15). University of Canberra is the name assigned the Canberra College of Advanced Education when it was promoted to university status in 1990.

It should also be pointed out that for many years Pierre was denied entrance to China because one of our colleagues, a Chinese woman, revealed his identity to officials in the Chinese Embassy in Canberra. Though greatly distressed, Pierre never publicly revealed the name of his antagonist.

Harper Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo”

(TLS, March 25, 2016)

Beeld: Yang Chen