What can people around the world learn from Hans Christian Andersen?
Today, when e.g. Chinese people, no matter whether old or young, meet with Danes in China, they will naturally speak with one voice: ”I know Denmark because I have heard about the world famous writer Hans Christian Andersen and I have read his stirring tales.” The Chinese people have read Hans Christian’s tales since the first book of Hans Christian Andersen’s tales was translated into Chinese by Chen Jialin and Chen Jiadeng and published in Shanghai in 1918.
Why do hundreds of millions of people get inspired by Hans Christian Andersen? Why have his literary works won universal praise all over the world? As one Chinese professor noted: ”Hans Christian Andersen showed sympathy for the people who encountered misfortunes and enriched the people’s imagination.”