The Value of Journey to the West as world literature.
Although Journey to the West is the first science fiction story written in China during the Ming dynasty circa 1700AD, its value to the world is only beginning to resurface. The recent shift in focus from the obsession with The Three Kingdom warriors to now the JTW story in Chinese marks an important progress and the new direction of cultural development in Asia and around the world.
The story is a retelling of an event during the Tang dynasty 1000 years prior circa 700AD (which was the Golden Era of China). Most people only see the clashes in the story but unlike the Three Kingdom (which is a lot of strategizing, land grabbing, back stabbing), JTW is a decidedly different kind of novel.
Here the Monkey King is introduced as the ultimate fearsome warrior. And Its a story how the overly conniving and incessant fighting in old China is tamed by Buddhism.
However, just as important also how a “manly” figure such as the Monkey King etch out his own persona in a world where emotions and riches abound finding his own balance of IQ and EQ.
This is not unlike the world we are seeing now. And I think this rare treasure of China is worth your while to watch. If you have never read it, it is unlike any story you have ever read. I guarantee it.