On a trip that’s put him the closest to his homeland in 23 years, Chinese-American author Ha Jin says he wants to visit China but expressed frustration with censorship of his books.
The 52-year-old National Book Award winner told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday at the Hong Kong Book Fair that if if he has the chance, he would like to see his homeland again.
“I’d like to. I want to at least go back to take a look,” he said.
Ha Jin, whose real name is Jin Xuefei, went to the United States in 1985 to pursue a doctorate in English and decided not to return after the Chinese military’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. He became a U.S. citizen in 1997.