American Visa: Short Stories

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Coffee House Press, 1994 - Fiction - 179 pages
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The collection of stories follows a Chinese woman in key moments of her life-- from the child who discovers a contraband lipstick during the Cultural Revolution to the young woman in America who finally obtains her green card. On the way, the reader discovers such Chinese cultural concepts as chu jai, whereby no matter how successful, a woman is without a home until she is married. The author is a Chinese immigrant and this is her first book.
 

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Contents

Revenge
27
The Story of Ju
35
Subway Rhapsody
65
My Auntinlaw
81
Fox Smell
99
Chu Jia
121
American Visa
135
Lotus
155
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About the author (1994)

Wang Ping was born in Shanghai and grew up on a small island in the East China Sea. After three years spent farming in a mountain village commune, she attended Beijing University. In 1985 she left China to study in the United States, earning her PhD from New York University. She is the acclaimed author of the short story collection American Visa, the novel Foreign Devil, two poetry collections: Of Flesh & Spirit and The Magic Whip, and the cultural study Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China.

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