Later this fall, “The Simpsons” will be nationally syndicated in China for the first time. How will the show’s new viewers respond? Hua Hsu considers:“Will Chinese audiences—not exactly the most ironic bunch on Earth—take to the churlish sarcasm of ‘The Simpsons’? Or will the series’ nose-thumbing defiance seem tame at a time when many young people have skipped directly to cynical despair?”
The jostling of young minds against each other has this wonderful attribute, that one can never foresee the spark, nor predict the flash. What will spring up in a moment? Nobody knows.
Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.