Paper Republic: Chinese Literature Matters

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.


Beijing Woman

Translated by Colin Hawes and Shuyu Kong

Collected in

Beijing Women Wang Yuan multiple