Ha Jin


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Ha Jin,

pseud. of

Jin Xuefei,

1956–, Chinese-American writer, grad. Heilongjiang Univ. (B.A. 1981), Shandong Univ. (M.A., 1984), Brandeis (M.A., Ph.D., 1993). In the early 1980s he came to the United States to study, immigrated after the Tiananmen SquareTiananmen Square,
large public square in Beijing, China, on the southern edge of the Inner or Tatar City. The square, named for its Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen), contains the monument to the heroes of the revolution, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of
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 massacre (1989), and taught at Emory and Boston universities. His first published works were volumes of poetry, Between Silences (1990) and Facing Shadows (1996). Ha Jin turned to fiction with Ocean of Words: Army Stories (1996) and Under the Red Flag (1997), prize-winning collections of short stories set in China. His first novel, Waiting (1999), a tale of contemporary China, brought him widespread recognition and the National Book and PEN/Faulkner awards. Written in a restrained and dispassionate style, his fiction also includes the novels The Crazed (2002), War Trash (2004), A Free Life (2007), an immigrant's story and his first set in America, Nanjing Requiem (2011), and A Map of Betrayal (2014) as well as the short stories in The Bridegroom (2000) and A Good Fall (2009).
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Ha Jin is a nostalgic writer, but he is also aware of the futility of retrieving the past.
Politics has different emphases and valences in the works that Kong considers: Gao Xingjian's short play, Escape (1990), Ha Jin's The Crazed (2002), Annie Wang's Lili: A Novel of Tiananmen (2001), and Ma Jian's Beijing Coma (2008).
Chapter 2, possibly the best chapter of the book, turns to Ha Jin, an American counterpart to Gao in the sense that he writes in the language of his adopted country in the post-Tiananmen era and his literary accomplishments have been broadly recognized in the adopted nation.
Pease best known for publishing Ha Jin's Flannery O'Connor Award winner Under the Red Flag has stepped down as publisher of Zoland Books and redirected his efforts to presenting this broad spectrum of poets.
Ha Jin - The National Book Award-winning author of "Waiting" and "War Trash" talks about his new novel, "A Free Life," 7:30 p.m., Powell's City of Book, 1005 W.
These include Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Henry Hwang, Ha Jin, Chang-rae Lee, Khaled Hosseini, writers of detective fiction such as Leonard Chang, and young adult authors such as Linda Sue Park.
Ha Jin, the award-winning author in America, is from Northern China and yet makes his name in the States by writing in English.
Like Whiting, Ha Jin's 1999 National Book Award-winning novel about a Red Army doctor who battles 18 years of bureaucratic indifference to obtain a contested divorce, The Crazed is a novel about shunted possibilities.
As a director, Chan is preparing the adaptation of Ha Jin's novel "Waiting" and the U.S.
citizen Feng Danlin, the hero of Ha Jin's page-turning but profound new novel, The Boat Rocker, is a true American.
A sampling of authors: Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker, Anne Rivers Siddons, Pat Conroy, Ha Jin, Martin Luther King Jr., and Jimmy Carter.
Ha Jin - National Book Award winner (``Waiting'') reads from his latest novel, "War Trash." 7:30 p.m.