Li Yiyun

Straw Into Gold

For the New York Times, Francine Prose reviews Li Yiyun’s new book, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl: Stories: While the circumstances in which Yiyun Li’s characters find themselves have much to do with the strictures and the...

Yu Hua (余华): China’s Forgotten Revolution

The New York Times has asked four writers to reflect back on the events of 1989. Yu Hua, author of the highly-acclaimed Brothers, writes, for his first time publicly, about his experiences that spring: I realize now that the...

Four New Books About China

The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review focuses on China this week, with reviews of Li Yiyun’s The Vagrants; Xinran’s China Witness: Voices From a Silent Generation; Brothers by Yu Hua; and Postcards from...

Forum: Li Yiyun on The Vagrants

On KQED’s Forum, Michael Krasny is interviewing author Li Yiyun, who recently published her first novel, The Vagrants: Oakland-based author and UC Davis English professor Yiyun Li joins us to discuss her acclaimed debut...

Muddy River, China, Where the Going Is Bleak

The New York Times reviews The Vagrants: A Novel, by short story writer Li Liyun: …This is small-town universality with a difference. That difference is Communist China. The town isn’t small; it only feels that way, as a...

Truth in Another Tongue – Bryan Walsh

From Time Asia (link): In the fall of 1991, at the age of 18, Yiyun Li reported to the barren city of Xinyang for a year in the Chinese army. The government had decreed that any student bound for Beijing’s Peking University, as Li was, first had to complete a period of military training and […]

Eat, Memory: Orange Crush – Yiyun Li

From the New York Times Magazine: The year I turned 16, a new product caught my eye. Fruit Treasure, as Tang was named for the Chinese market, instantly won everyone’s heart. Imagine real oranges condensed into a fine powder! Equally seductive was the TV commercial, which gave us a glimpse of a life that most […]

Passing Through – Yiyun Li

From the 9/25 New York Times Magazine: We were the only girls’ company, and we marched behind a battalion of boys; the road across the village was shrouded by dust. A water buffalo, used to the tramping, grazed undisturbed. A villager saw us and called out, “Girl-soldiers this time.” The villagers appeared in every door, […]



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