XU Dishan
Birth name - Zàn Kūn 贊堃; Style name - Dì Shān地山; Pen-name - Luò Huàshēng 落華生.

A contemporary writer and scholar.

Born in 1893, Taiwan.
Died in 1941, Hong Kong.

Xu Dishan’s renowned prose The Peanut has been widely adopted in the textbooks and teaching materials by the three places on both sides across the Strait.  His other masterpieces include Sacred Rain in the Empty Mountains, The Vain Labour of a Spider, Letters from an Endangered Home and Undeliverable Mail, etc.  Xu pursued his overseas studies at the Columbia University and Oxford University.  He was fully conversant with the East and West, and had profound knowledge in multiple academic disciplines, including literature, religious studies, folklore and Sanskrit.

Xu’s association with Hong Kong began in 1935 when he was appointed as the head of the Department of Chinese by the University of Hong Kong.  During his tenure, Xu not only devoted vigorous effort to reforming the Chinese curriculum, but also shared his concerns about primary and secondary education.  Xu had played an active role in disseminating messages on the resistance against Japanese invasion.  Besides, he had studied extensively the general geography and history of Hong Kong.  He was also a children’s literature writer.  In 1941, Xu died of a heart attack in his residence at Robinson Road at the age of 48.  He was then buried at the Hong Kong Chinese Christian Church Union Pokfulam Road Cemetery.

Footsteps in the Southern District:
At the age of 48, Xu died of heart attack at home in 1941.  He was buried in the Hong Kong Chinese Christian Church Union Pokfulam Road Cemetery.  Xu has been hailed as a renowned educationist in recognition of his dedication to the Chinese education in Hong Kong.  But his tomb had not been discovered until 30 years after his death and was found in a dilapidated condition.  Fortunately, the tomb was renovated with the generous efforts of some caring person.


Literary Landmark:
Inside the sitting-out area to be constructed at Victoria Road near Consort Rise
Completion Date:
To be confirmed
YEUNG Wing-ho, Wing (School of Design of the Hong Kong PolytechnicUniversity)
Design Concept:
The designer aims to portray the three key characteristics of Xu Dishan: (1) “plainness” (the four-square appearance of the sculpture); (2) “perseverance” (the use of stone as material); and (3) “past experience” (the stone being eroded by water to gradually reveal the pearl-like core inside).  The peanut-shaped sculpture also symbolises his famous work The Peanut.