Journey to the West (Xīyóujì 西游记)|Xīyóujì 西游记 (Journey to the West)
In this Suzhou Opera performance commemorating the 30th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, the Monkey creates havoc in Heaven. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Xiyou ji (Journey to the West), a Chinese novel believed to be written by Wu Cheng’en in the sixteenth century, portrays the adventures of a priest, a monkey, and their pilgrim band as they journey to get Buddhist scriptures. The tale, long shared through various