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Veteran radio presenter and essayist Luo Lan dies at age 96

2015/08/29 21:03:50

Taipei, Aug. 29 (CNA) Veteran radio presenter and renowned essayist Luo Lan (羅蘭), whose real name is Chin Pei-fen (靳佩芬), died Saturday at the age of 96 in a hospital in Taipei.

Narrating the life experiences of people from all walks of life in her radio programs and compiling the stories into inspiring essays, Luo Lan was one of the most popular radio presenters in Taiwan in the 1950s and 1960s when radio was a main source of entertainment.

She published her first book in 1963 when she was already in her 40s, and in the next 30 years, her works in print, including essays, short stories and travel stories, were seen in books, magazines and newspapers.

Emigrating from Tianjin, China to Taiwan in 1948, Luo Lan first established a following in Taiwan but later found her works also became popular in China after the opening of cross-strait exchanges in the late 1980s. Among the most popular books on both sides of the strait are the“Luo Lan Xiao Yu”(羅蘭小語) series, a compilation of essays based on contents of her radio broadcasts.

Luo Lan won her first literary prize in 1969, and she was invited to visit the United States in 1970 by the U.S. State Department. In 1974, she was awarded the Golden Bell Prize for best radio program, and 1979 she received a citation for social education from the Ministry of Education.

In recent years, Luo Lan had suffered Alzheimer's disease. After an extended hospitalization lasting for a number of months, she died of Cardiopulmonary failure Saturday morning.

(By C.W. Cheng and Lillian Lin)