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

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

北京人 (lit. Beijinger)

Short story by Wang Yuan.

“Beijing Woman” starts out as a comedy of errors: an educated, snobby Beijing restaurant owner tries and fails to manage her feisty rural Chinese migrant worker staff. By the end of the story, we have entered much darker emotional territory.

Translations:

Beijing Woman

Translated by Colin Hawes and Shuyu Kong

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