Five titles I’ve been re-reading the past week

Five titles I’ve been re-reading the past week

Nabokov, Lolita. What else? Borges, anything. Best thing about him is that you can turn open a page and start to read.  Zhuang Zi (4th century BC). “We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.” …

From China with…bullets

From China with…bullets

Let the Bullets Fly 160 min | Historical drama | Comedy  Directed by Jiang Wen reviewed by Julie O’Yang *This review is commissioned by a well-known website about China On 16 December 2010, actor-turned-director Jiang Wen (Hibiscus Town) presented his fourth directorial creation Let the Bullets Fly, which is packaged as an “early present for …

In Search of sex and politics in Beijing of 1980s

In Search of sex and politics in Beijing of 1980s

Summer Palace (Yihe yuan) 140 min Drama | Romance Summer Palace is the fourth feature by writer-director Lou Ye. Lou is a less celebrated name of the new Chinese cinema – the so-called Sixth Generation – among whom Lou is by far the most adventurous and bold in his narrative style as well as his chosen …

Sans titre

Sans titre

When people call me an “Ethnic” writer, I think what an ass. When a journalist interviews me, throwing a bunch of most ludicrous questions about China my way but completely, deliberately ignoring my writing — which is in most cases, unfortunately — I wish I had a gun. An article from Huffingtonpost I stumbled across while browsing explains why I’m not totally …

A satin ribbon

A satin ribbon

                 On the black-and-white photo, my brother and I are wearing whopping big Mao buttons considered haute couture in those days. We are talking about China around 1960s-70s. My father, a chemical engineer, made those buttons himself, locked up in his laboratory, neglecting his real work, for that was the only thing safe to do during the lost years generally known as …

me interviewed by me, or five Q&As to sum up what I know about myself

me interviewed by me, or five Q&As to sum up what I know about myself

Q: What do you have in common with other Chinese authors living and working in the West?  A: To answer this, I’d like to borrow from my all time favourite Franz Kafka, who wrote in his diary: ”What have I in common with Jew? I have hardly anything in common with myself…” As an author I struggle to …