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Looking at a wide swath of Chinese history and literature, Wang Ping conveys the voices of centuries of farmers and factory laborers, immigrants, revolutionaries, writers, artists, and craftsmen. The titular poem, "Ten Thousand Waves," was inspired by a tragedy that occurred on February 5, 2004, when more than twenty Chinese laborers drowned in Morecambe Bay, England, as they were caught by an incoming tide. They were collecting cockles late in the evening, having been misinformed about the tidal times. The victims were undocumented immigrants, mainly from Fujian Province, China.

In the process of writing the poems included in this collection, filmmaker Isaac Julien commissioned Ping to write a narrative script for his film on global immigration, Small Boats. When he saw the finished poem, Julien decided to make a film installation specifically on Chinese immigration, which he entitled Ten Thousand Waves, after Ping's poem. Ten Thousand Waves has been featured at the Pace Foundation galleries in San Antonio, Texas, and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Flash Cards Flash Cards:
Poems by Yu Jian

Poetry
Copyright 2010
Zephyr Press

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Translated by Wang Ping and Ron Padgett and published by Zephyr Press in cooperation with The Chinese University Press, Flash Cards is a primer of modern Chinese life, constructing a complex philosophical vision from swatches of daily events and observations.

As Yu Jian has written about his own work: "It is possible to see eternity - to see everything - in a teacup or a sweet wrapper. Everything in the world is poetry."

The Dragon Emperor The Dragon Emperor:
A Chinese Folktale

Children's Folklore
Copyright 2008
Millbrook Press

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One night in ancient China, a special baby is born. He is an emperor, and he is also a dragon! The dragon emperor becomes a powerful ruler, but a warrior named Chi You is jealous. He plans to overthrow the emperor and take control of China. Will the emperor protect his country, or will the Black Dragon prevail?

Intended for ages 9-12, this 48-page graphic tale, retold by Wang Ping and illustrated by Tang Ge, is divided into four chapters, plus an afterward about the history between dragons and emperors.

Read more about The Last Communist Virgin The Last Communist Virgin
Short Stories
Copyright 2007
Coffee House Press

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With The Last Communist Virgin Wang Ping returns to fiction in a story collection that stands out as one of the few books on modern China and the contemporary Chinese-American experience. These stories open a window into the rapid transformations of an ancient culture.

The Last Communist Virgin is a book about love in a fast-changing world: love for the people and the land from the west and the east, love for the new and the old, the real and the imaginative, the technology around us and the soul within us. Read more...

Read more about The Magic Whip The Magic Whip
Poetry
Copyright 2003
Coffee House Press

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Read more about Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China
Cultural Study
Copyright 2000
University of MN Press

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Read more about New Generation: Poems from China Today New Generation:
Poems from China Today

Poetry Anthology
Copyright 1999
Hanging Loose Press

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Read more about Of Flesh & Spirit Of Flesh & Spirit
Poetry
Copyright 1998
Coffee House Press

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Read more about Foreign Devil Foreign Devil
Novel
Copyright 1996
Coffee House Press

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Read more about American Visa American Visa
Short Stories
Copyright 1994
Coffee House Press

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Foreign Devil (German)


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American Visa (Japanese)


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American Visa (Dutch)


Aching for Beauty
New Generation Poems from China Today
Of Flesh & Spirit
Foreign Devil
American Visa



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