Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. This new collection contains seven chapters of bilingual poems. Beginning with a long narrative poem, "Song of the Wild Land" is a poetic travelogue drafted in 2014 after a journey taken by the author with schoolmates back to the remote village in China, where they were sent for re-education through physical labour in the 1970s after the Cultural Revolution. Poems in this collection were inspired by various human conditions, including precious moments, unforgettable meetings, helpless despair when losing loved ones, and emotional desperation.
Lien Chao has observed Chinese life through her work in the community as well as her interactions with Chinese immigrants in ESL classrooms. She came to Canada in 1984. Her first book, BEYOND SILENCE: CHINESE CANADIAN LITERATURE IN ENGLISH (Mawenzi House/TSAR Publishers, 1997) won the Gabrielle Roy Award for Canadian Criticism. Her other works include SALT IN MY LIFE (Mawenzi House/TSAR Publishers, 2019), THE CHINESE KNOT AND OTHER STORIES (Mawenzi House/TSAR Publishers, 2008), STRIKE THE WOK: AN ANTOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY CHINESE CANADIAN FICTION (Mawenzi House/TSAR Publishers, 2003), TIGER GIRL (HU NU): A CREATIVE MEMOIR (Mawenzi House/TSAR Publishers, 2001).Author City: Toronto, ON CAN