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These days young people in China and Australia may face similar challenges in finding "the one", but may have their own tricks for resolving that challenge. In The Rosie Project, 39-year-old professor Don Tillman turns finding a mate into a science experiment. In Pickle Fairy's Matchmaking in the Zoo, the 29-year-old Wu Huan slogs through a series of arranged meetings, but finds her mate in a wholly unexpected manner. In Wen Junli's fiction, meanwhile, a man going through a mid-life crisis starts dating a younger woman. Deng Anqing writes of rural youth in the cities, hoping for nothing more than a bit of solace in a relationship. These writers evince a wide variety of approaches to love and its representation in fiction. Can love be planned, or must it be left to fate? These formulas and expectations that people have for love -- are they a help to us, or a hindrance? And what can we learn from "romance fiction" in our own pursuit of happiness?
Guests: Graeme Simsion, Pickle Fairy, Liu Jianing (Douban Writer), Wen Junli (Douban Writer), Deng Anqing (Douban Writer)
This event is part of the public programmes organised by the 2019 Australian Writers Week in China.
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