Writers Chronicle, September 2014
Profile of Xu Xi by Jeanie Chung
What does it mean to be a ‘Hong Kong person’? Hong Kong has never been an independent state, nor has it completely reverted to mainland Chinese control. Once a British colony, now a semi- autonomous Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong is something of a mystery even to itself. Although it has long had a majority Cantonese Chinese population, the presence of significant expatriate communities — Western, Indian, Filipino, and others — creates a unique cultural diversity. This is evident in Hong Kong’s literary output as well: although Cantonese is by far the majority language, English writing occupies a small but enduring niche. In this collection of short stories, eight writers explore the questions of what it means to be in, from, and of the Hong Kong of the past, the present, and the future.
ALL ABOUT SKIN
Edited by Jina Ortiz & Rochelle Spencer, with a foreword by Helena Maria Viramontes, this exciting new anthology is, according to Pulitzer fiction author Junot Diaz, "electrifying and absolutely necessary." Xu Xi's work is the title story and the volume features twenty-seven stories by women of color. To be released in November, 2014 by the University of Wisconsin press.
Above that evanescent isle, Hong Kong. Photo by Paul Hilton
SOME RECENT PUBLICATIONS
"Pigeonholes & Portals & Third Culture Peeps" new essay in Guernica Daily, June 30, 2014. (see link above)
"Manky's Tale" (story) + "Reflection: And Then, The Nomadic Nineties" (essay) LOCAL/EXPRESS: Asian American Arts and Community in 90s NYC. Asian American Literary Review, 2014. (see link below)
"I Had A Tiger Mom & My Love for Her Is" new essay in Text, Melbourne, Australia, Issue #18, Oct 2013. (see link below)
"So!" new epistolary essay in The Letters Page, Nottingham, UK, Issue #1, Autumn 2013 (see link below)
"Crying with Audrey Hepburn" (re-published story) appears in The Ugliness issue at The Four Quarters Magazine, India, April 2013. (see link below)
"This Door Is Close" First Things First, The Script Road, Macau, March 2013 (also in Chinese translation).
"Precarious Precision" new essay in Toad Suck Review, Univ. of Central Arkansas, Conway, Issue 3, Jan/Feb 2013.
Guest blogger Fall 2012 at Ploughshares "THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (w/global characteristics)" - see links - Fall issue also includes new essay "My Mother's Story: The Fiction & Fact."
"Fear Itself" - an ekphrastic essay in a collaborative series with photographer David Clarke - online at Ninth Letter (see link below)
Speaker at the Dante Aligheri Society: path to Dante's hell?
What do we think we desire? What do we truly desire? These are the two competing forces underlying Xu Xi’s latest fiction collection, ACCESS, released November 2011 by Signal 8 Press. These thirteen tales are at once acerbic and heartbreaking, directing our gaze at the incongruities of human relations and the persistence of wounds our hearts cannot heal.
TALL TALES: Anon. • Iron Light • The Wang Candidate
CIRCULAR TALES: Space • To Body To Chicken • Servitude
FAIRY TALES: Access • Agora • Famine
OLD WIVES' TALES: Trashy Desires of Women Nearing Fifty • Available
BEASTLY TALES: Crying with Audrey Hepburn • Lady Day
明 報 feature in the Ming Pao "Writing & Camels" (in Chinese): August 23, 2011
UK Glass Magazine feature: March 2011
Beijing City Weekend review "subtle book. . . full of the nuances that characterize real life, love and loss."
In March 2010, Xu Xi was named the first Writer-in-Residence at City University of Hong Kong.