Shan Tianfang, 83, a prominent Chinese storyteller, passed away in Beijing on September 11 due to organ failure. He devoted more than 60 years to pingshu 评书 (píngshū), a Song dynasty–era storytelling tradition in which artists tell classical stories based on ancient Chinese history while wearing a gown and behind a table, with a folded fan and a gavel.
Remembering Shan Tianfang, China’s most prominent storytelling artistJia GuoSeptember 18, 20180
Jia Guo is from the coastal city of Qingdao. She has an M.A. in multimedia journalism from NYU and has worked at Facebook and Bloomberg TV in New York City.
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