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Trapped!

Having finished my manuscript recently, I find myself in a big hurry heading to my next novel. Heavens, I dread this no man’s land in between two writing projects. Then suddenly, snow came. Earth in forgetful snow  (T.S. Eliot)… Snow made me cancel the plan I first had in my mind to revisit my native soil of Southwestern China, where I need to do some research for my new, Magnum Opus. Ahem. Trapped in the blankness outside as well as inside me, I feel rather lost. I decide to kick up some dust and start writing this blog.
My first rescue, however, came from my hometown Kunming, nicknamed City of Eternal Spring. Chris Horton, journalist and CEO of GoKunming – the latter is the largest English speaking community in the region – did an Interview with me. Hope you enjoy the read. 

O'Yang (r) in Kunming, 1976
Childhood memory, Kunming 1976

julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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