The issues of Chinese Literature were very catholic in their approach in the early years and novels and short stories would cover the wars of liberation against the Japanese and then the reactionary Kuomintang and also the very recent war where Chinese volunteers fought against American Imperialism in Korea.
However, there were also stories from the Chinese imperial era and often stories which would have been known by workers and peasants through the oral tradition were put down on paper for the new (and constantly growing) literate readers who were benefiting from the first decrees of the Socialist State on universal education.
‘Wall of Bronze’ – part of a novel about the Chinese people’s War of Liberation
Short stories from the Tang period (618-907)
Comrade Huang Wen-yuan – the story of a Chinese volunteer in the Korean War