You’ve learned all about the importance of Chinese literature (文学) by studying it in school. But did you know that Chinese works have influenced (影响) the Western world as well? In May, China’s Ministry of Education suggested 100 books for middle school students to read. TEENS picked eight books from the list. In the following pages, we’ll take a look at how these works and their writers have influenced Western culture. You might even learn something new about Chinese literature that you didn’t know before.