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There are only two ways to live our life, according to Albert Einstein: one is as if nothing is a miracle; the other, as if everything is a miracle. Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi is a book about how the impossible became possible - about things that happened in China and America to the people Wang Ping grew up with, met, and befriended along her journeys between these two distant rivers. This is also a story about water, alive with spirits and energy, giving birth to all sentient beings. We are water. The river runs through us. Those who live in harmony with water can ride the current of the universe - the secret of Tao, reaching all the way to the sea of miracles, one story, one droplet, and one wave at a time. A miracle is a state of mind, a way of living: how we face hardship, pain, and tragedies, how we transform them into fuels for our journey and transcend them into joy and hope. This is a book about how ordinary people perform miracles every day; how we are touched, touching, all the time, across oceans and continents, across time and space, through our stories.

Read more about Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi, Winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2017 Award for Creative Nonfiction (Copyright 2018, University of Georgia Press).

Read more about Ten Thousand Waves Ten Thousand Waves
Poetry
Copyright 2014
Wings Press

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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. The victims were undocumented immigrants, mainly from Fujian Province, China. Read more...

Flash Cards Flash Cards:
Poems by Yu Jian

Poetry
Copyright 2010
Zephyr Press

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Translated by Wang Ping and Ron Padgett, 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." Born in 1954 in Kunming, China, Yu Jian is a poet, author, documentary film director, and a major figure among the "Third Generation Poets" who came after the "Misty Poetry" movement of the early 1980s.

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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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. From the restaurants of New York's Chinatown to the retail emporium of Bergdorf Goodman, and from remote Chinese military outposts to the streets of Beijing, these stories open a window into the rapid transformations of an ancient culture. It is a book about love in a fast-changing world: love for the people and land from west to east, the new and old, the real and 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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Aching for Beauty
New Generation Poems from China Today
Of Flesh & Spirit
Foreign Devil
American Visa



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