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). The Banished Immortal (2019) is a biography of the poet Li PoLi Po
, Li Pai
, or Li T'ai-po
, c.700–762, Chinese poet of the T'ang dynasty. He was born in what is now Sichuan prov. Most authorities believe that he was a Taoist; Li Po's unconcern for worldly preferment and his love for retirement was expressive of
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The danger presented to the individual human spirit by a totalitarian society is a major theme in Orwell's oeuvre and also in the writings of contemporary Chinese novelist, Ha Jin (birth name, Jin Xuefei).
All these works were written in English, a language in which Ha Jin (real name: Jin Xuefei) has been writing only for twelve years, since immigrating to the U.S.