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Fiction Yang Jiang
Translated by Judith M. Amory and Yaohua Shi


There is an old Chinese saying: “You are how you write.” It used to be people judged you by your calligraphy. In New China, they judge you by what you speak in public. The moment they hear what you say, they judge what you are worth.

Fu Jin’s meeting was not well planned. The members of  [...]

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Issue 23



Fall 2015


Yang Jiang is a Chinese playwright, author, and translator. Baptism, her first novel, is based on her and her husband’s experience in 1951 China—it’s said that every single character is modeled on a well-known scholar, researcher, writer, or official from that time. Her latest book is Reaching the brink of life, published in 2007 when she was ninety-six.


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