June 2, 2018

The Altar Cloth of a Hundred Boys

A wife fails to produce heirs, and is sidelined. What makes this story doubly sad is that this many-times-great-aunt probably felt she deserved her fate.
January 2, 2017

Legends of the Fox

Foxes have been characterized variously as tricksters, drinking companions, avengers, scholars, seductresses, and faithful lovers.
May 18, 2014

A Chinese Home Garden

In a an earlier time, Chinese women lived behind high walls of family compounds that both protected and restricted. The garden might be the only bit of natural beauty they could enjoy. Gardens, therefore, have the potential to play an important role in the novel I'm writing.
June 15, 2013

36 Generations of Family Genealogy

The fact that our family has managed to hang on to our jia pu, book of family genealogy, is entirely because of my Uncle Ning.