Bamboo Shoots After the Rain: Contemporary Stories by Women Writers of Taiwan

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Ann C. Carver, Sung-sheng Chang
Feminist Press at CUNY, 1990 - Fiction - 232 pages
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This remarkable anthology introduces the short fiction of fourteen writers, major figures in the literary movements of three generations, who represent a range of class, ethnic, age, and political perspectives.

It is filled with "unexpected gems", writes Scarlet Cheng inBelles Lettres, including Lin Hai-yin's story of a woman suffering under a feudal system that dominated Old China; Chiang Hsiao-yun's optimistic solutions to problems of the elderly in the rapidly changing Taiwan of the 1980; and in between, a dozen richly diverse stories of aristocrats, comrades, wices, concubines, children, mothers, sexuality, rape, female initiation, and the tensions between traditional and modern life. "This is not western feminism with an Asian accent", saysBloomsbury Review, "but a description of one culture's reality... The woman protagonists survive both despite and because of their existence in a changing Taiwan." This book includes biographical headnotes, an introduction that addresses the literary movements represented, and an extensive bibliography.

 

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Contents

Shame Amah
3
Candle
17
The Chignon
26
A Pair Of Socks With Love
32
Challenging Boundaries and Affirming the Will
45
In Liu Village
47
Chairman Mao is a Rotten Egg
83
Vase
103
A Women Like Me
134
Individual and a Rapidly Changing Society
147
The Mulberry Sea
149
Two Very Short Stories
167
The Aftermath of the Death of a Junior High Coed
171
Journey to Mount Bliss
188
Can One Read CrossCulturally?
210
Selected Bibliography
217

The Ritual of the Clay Idol
115
Flower Season
125
Permission Acknowledgments
231
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