“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Stephanie Gou on how Bronze and Sunflower opened a door to her memories


Then, at some point, I found I couldn’t stand books about the Cultural Revolution any more. It probably had something to do with coming overseas and realising that almost all the books that had been translated into English were about that period. Or meeting people who were interested in China, but always from the same limited perspectives — they were surprised that I didn’t wear a military uniform, were thrilled to meet An Only Child, and insisted on discussing The Private Life of You Know Who.


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