Paper Republic: Chinese Literature Matters

Yu Lihua, 90, Dies; Writer Spoke to ‘Rootless’ Chinese Émigrés

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/world/asia/yu-lihua-90-dies-writer-spoke-to-rootless-chinese-emigres.html

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Ms. Yu’s later attempts to publish stories in English, however, were rejected by American publishers. “They were only interested in stories that fit the pattern of Oriental exoticism — the feet-binding of women and the addiction of opium-smoking men,” she once recalled in an interview. “I didn’t want to write that stuff, I wanted to write about the struggle of Chinese immigrants in American society.”

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