|| 陈颖杜Chan Sirisuwat
A Thai entrepreneur of overseas Chinese, and a distinguished poet-writer. In 1931 he was born in Wenchang of Hainan Province, P. R. China. In 1962, he came to Hong Kong to brave the world by pocketing three Hong Kong dollars. In 1975 he went to Thailand and eventually established himself in business; in 1997, he was honored with the title of “the King of Pot-Pourri in Thailand”. Owing to contribution to his homeland, he was awarded the prize of “Exemplary Overseas Chinese” in 1998 by the People’s Government of Hainan Province and in 2006, the prize of “Overseas Chinese Who Loves Hainan”. In 1996 when he was in his 65, he abandoned business for literature by handing over the management of enterprise to his wife, considering it is not worthwhile to scramble for money throughout his life.
In 1999, he published his Chinese memoir My Road;
In 2001, he published his Chinese autobiography Braving the World with Three Hong Kong Dollars;
In 2002, he published the Chinese-English version of Selected Verses by Chan Sirisuwat; meanwhile, he sponsored the large magazine of Hainanese;
In 2003, he published the revised version of his autobiography Braving the World with Three Hong Kong Dollars and a poetry collection entitled The Song of Life, both Chinese-English;
In 2004, he published The Quiet Chaophraya River, co-authored with his two children in their teens Homeland in My Dream, both Chinese-English. In the same year, he was interviewed by Beijing TV Station and invited to deliver a speech at Peking University;
In 2005, he published Days of Love, a poetry collection in Chinese-English;
In 2006, he published a Chinese corpus entitled Hope (including poems, prose, short stories, and lectures);
In 2007, he published Selected Poems of Chan Sirisuwat, In the Season Fragrant with Durians (including poems, prose and novelette), and 108 Selected Versets, all Chinese-English;
In 2008, he published the Chinese-German version of essays and novels 108 Selected Versets, and the third Chinese version of Braving the World with Three Hong Kong Dollars.
Some of his literary works have been translated into many languages including Thai, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian, Greek, German, Japanese, and Mongolian, etc., to be collected into corpus or published internationally on different newspapers and magazines.
In 2005, Chan Sirisuwat attended the 19th World Congress of Poets, and was awarded the prize of “World Poet”. On April 17, 2007, for “Recognition and Appreciation of Mr. Chan Sirisuwat’s Excellence in Poetry for World Brotherhood and Peace”, he was awarded the certificate and medal by United Poets Laureate International (USA). On September 3, 2007, he was awarded “International Letters-Arts Prize” by the International Society of Greek Writers & Artists. In October, 2007, he was the IPTRC candidate for Nobel Prize in Literature 2008.