In this reading archive, Christopher Merrill introduces Hualing Nieh Engle who then introduces Mo Yan. Mo Yan speaks only in Chinese and so a translator repeats what he is saying in English.
Mo Yan reads an excerpt from his novel which is then repeated in English by the translator, and this particular part of the story is set in 1947 during the time when the conflict between the Nationalists and the Communist leaders was coming to an end.
(Note: It may difficult to hear what the translator is saying because he is further away from the microphone than Mo Yan, which makes it seem like Mo Yan is speaking very loudly.)
“Mo Yan Reading, Iowa City, Iowa, September 13, 2004.” Virtual Writing University Archive. https://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/islandora/object/ui%3Avwu_467