Bruce Humes interview in that's magazines
Shanghai Baby had been a big hit in China. Many young people identified with the racy story of 25-year-old waitress Coco, an aspiring writer who finds herself torn between her love for impotent, drug-abusing Chinese artist Tian Tian and virile German expat Mark. The novel seemed to capture the zeitgeist, as China opened up to the West and foreign influences, with Shanghai at the forefront of this transformation.
It was less popular, however, with the authorities. “[Wei Hui had] been making a lot of noise,” explains Humes. “Apparently, she went to Chengdu and the TV people were at the airport. Wei Hui was wearing one of her sexy outfits. She said something like, ‘I think every man should have their own Shanghai Baby.’”