Brief of The Former Residence of Xia Yan
Xia Yan (夏衍: 1900-1995) is China’s great master of art and literature. He was born in Hangzhou and entered Zhejiang Industrial School (浙江甲種工業學校), a technical school of Zhejiang University in 1915. Amongst the dozens of plays and screenplays penned by Xia Yen, the most renowned works include Under the Eaves of Shanghai (1937) and the Fascist Bacillus (1944). He rose to the position of vice-minister for culture by the 1960s but immediately following the Cultural Revolution, spent eight years in prison. Today the Xia Yan Film Literature Awards are named in his honor. The former residence is called "Ba Yong Tang (八咏堂)” which is now a base of patriotic education."