Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories

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Long River Press, 2007 - Fiction - 235 pages
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Fiction. Asian Studies. Take a wild ride through contemporary Chinese society, which continues to accelerate at a blistering, unrestrained pace decades after the end of the Cultural Revolution. RED GUARD FANTASIES AND OTHER STORIES forces a reconciliation between China's new urban sensibility and its centuries of tradition, and the results are certainly not predictable. Shouhua Qi's stories are witty, poignant, absurd, and shocking. Part autobiographical, they offer a masterful depiction of the myriad world of jaded entrepreneurs, overzealous cops, karaoke addicts, dog lovers, liberated co-eds, and frustrated urbanites who move in and out of China's colorful neon-lit cities and dusty rural villages; transitioning from one world to the other. Here is a China that is both superficial and plastic as well as profoundly righteous and moralistic. More than anything, RED GUARD FANTASIES is a deeply personal and powerfully moving elegy for China's lost generation.s new urban sensibility and its centuries of tradition, and the results are certainly not predictable. Shouhua Qi's stories are witty, poignant, absurd, and shocking. Part autobiographical, they offer a masterful depiction of the myriad world of jaded entrepreneurs, overzealous cops, karaoke addicts, dog lovers, liberated co-eds, and frustrated urbanites who move in and out of China's colorful neon-lit cities and dusty rural villages; transitioning from one world to the other. Here is a China that is both superficial and plastic as well as profoundly righteous and moralistic. More than anything, RED GUARD FANTASIES is a deeply personal and powerfully moving elegy for China's lost generation.
 

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Contents

The Tenants
23
Old Batteries
43
Love Me Love My Dog
61
Buddhas Feet
81
How Was Your Dance Today?
99
Red Guard Fantasies
113
Big Mama
133
The Girl in Blue Jeans
163
Fatherhood
181
The Test or The Little Rice Wine Pot
197
Teacher Yu
217
Acknowledgements
237
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About the author (2007)

Shouhua Qi is Associate Professor of English at Western Connecticut State University. A specialist in translating the novels of Thomas Hardy, he came to the U.S. as a graduate student in 1989 and received his Ph.D. in English from Illinois State University. His writings have appeared in "Feminist Studies" and "AMBIT.

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