A 17-year-old reveals my best kept secret

“…(English language) that can be sharp as a blade and gentle as a dove in one sentence. Not only the language is beautiful, but also the literature is amazing and never ending. I really want to explore the English literature more. It’s a pity it’s impossible, on the other hand it is also exciting that it’s a world too big to explore completely.”

A 17-year-old reader from Holland has made me cry today with these simple words. Being a writer is about giving hope. And today I received clover-scented hope like happy, little stars I can only imagine reaching out to collect —

Hey kid, you!

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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