The first writing that began in China was carved out of turtle shell, according to the Chinese Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Zhengjun Li, with whom I conversed during the relaunch of the 2005 National Literature Competition in Port Moresby last year. Long before knowing Ambassador Zhengjun Li I was aware, like many of my fellow Papua New Guinean writers, about the power of writing as a liberational tool as expressed in Chairman Mao’s famous line: ‘the power of words is mightier than the sword’.



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