the latest publications, happenings & other news
Vermont College of Fine Arts 2015 Post Grad Writers Conference
Join Xu's small group novel workshop this summer (August in beautiful Montpelier, Vermont)
CLOSED: Asia's first low-residency MFA
MEDIA COVERAGE - click links below
SCMP May 19: City University lacks a global outlook with decision to axe creative writing programme
Commentary by Keane Shum, CityU MFA graduate
The Guardian May 18: Why Hong Kong is Clamping Down on Creative Writing
CityU MFA international faculty Madeleine Thien offers her view
SCMP Op Ed May 11 by Jingan Young: Demise of CityU creative writing course underlines Hong Kong's low regard for art
South China Morning Post May 4: Founder of CityU creative writing programme questions decision to cancel it
International Examiner May 1: City University of Hong Kong announces closure of MFA writing program, authors protest decision
"Why I Stopped Being Chinese" (essay), Iowa Review, Issue 45, Spring 2015.
"Off Season with Snake" (essay), Your Impossible Voice, Issue 7, Spring 2015.
"The Writing Race" (essay), AALR "Speak No Evil" forum, January 2015.
"The 15th Annual Anniversary" (story), Water-Stone Review, Minnesota, Issue 17, 2014.
"Home Base" (essay) Kweili Journal, December 2014.
"Kaspar's Warp" (story) Drunken Boat, Issue 20, December 2014.
Essay : WHY I STOPPED BEING CHINESE
The HOW is impossible. Chinese blood and hair, clichéd almond eyes. You do not escape physiognomy or the interlocked outer and inner miens. The Why is not about the How, and this is not some how-to manual of shame. Instead, let’s zero in on the Who, What and Where, in this rhetoric of How and Why . . .
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There should not be typhoons in November, but during this Chinese year – the snake one beginning mid February 2013 that straddles early 2014 – everything is in turmoil. Typhoon season lingers too long into an Indian summer, that quaint romantic idée no longer fixe. Friends die too young, succumbing to the cancer they fought too long. Sanctuaries disappear, sold to the highest bidder, because they remained occupied too long by renters, instead of occupied by you as they once were or intended to be. Yet none of this is tragic, nothing to bemoan, because the weather is merely the victim of climatic change (or cycles), death cuts short enduring life (the way curve balls shortstop ambition) and the property market is perennially profitable because you always, always, always buy low and sell high (the way Auntie Caroline taught you to do before she died) for all your locations, locations, locations.
Only Mum’s life feels like tragedy . . .
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He had gone, against his better judgment, to their high school class’s 35th reunion dinner. Only because F was persistent. His emails and Facebook bulletins during the past year had subtly ratcheted up the pressure, culminating with an offer to pay for Christopher’s share to attend, which was not cheap, never cheap, when it came to these boys of La Salle. But F was doing well in Seattle—happily married, adorable twin girls aged nine, a systems engineer in Boeing’s senior management—unlike Christopher, who had never ventured further than Macau, at least not for almost thirty years, who’d never finished university, but who still managed to scrape by thanks to his steady, dead-end job at home in Hong Kong . . .
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Asian American Literary Review "Speak No Evil" Forum
Read Xu's contribution "The Writing Race"
LEAP+ Magazine of Asia Pacific Writers & Translator
Read "Minding the Gap" (on creative writing teaching in Asia)
Drunken Boat Issue 20 December 2014
Read "Kaspar's Warp" a new short story by Xu
Kweili Journal, December 2014
Read "Home Base" from Xu's essay collection in progress TYPHOON MUM
Essay in Guernica Daily June 30, 2014
"Pigeonholes & Portals & Third Culture Peeps"
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. Published in November, 2014 by the University of Wisconsin press.
ALL ABOUT SKIN named a Ms. Magazine 2014 must-read feminist book of the year.
MS Magazine's must-read feminist book list of 2014
ALL ABOUT SKIN makes this important list!
Publication date September 23, 2014
Print edition 133mm x 210mm perfect bound paperback
Page count 160
To order: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit your favorite online bookseller to buy the E Book
Local/Express: Asian American Arts & Communinty in 90's NYC (anthology), AALR, 2014.
Story "Manky's Tale" & Essay "Reflection: And Then, The Nomadic Nineties"
BBC World Service Nov 10, 2013 - The Forum with Bridget Kendall
listen to the broadcast on Hong Kong as an island of creativity
The Letters Page, Nottingham, UK, Issue #1, Autumn 2013.
epistolary essay - So!
Text, Melbourne, Australia, issue #18, Oct 2013
read the essay "I Had A Tiger Mom & My Love for Her Is"
You Tube interview for "What's On Your Mind?"
Swiss Re documentary: multiple voices on the future of the planet
Ploughshares Blog (fall 2012)
That Lit, Lit Life (w/global characteristics)
new fiction at Kenyon Review "All About Skin"
hear Xu read a brief selection
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
OTHER WRITERS SAY:
“A collection of tales with hints of Chaucer, ranging from the world of privilege to office workers and massage girls; from heavily ironic vignettes on the corporate world to edgy stories of broken lives and selfish times . . . the access code to this grammar is to glean the shadow of loss lying between language and the loneliness of existence.”
Brian Castro, author of Shanghai Dancing, The Bath Fugues and The Garden Book
“Xu Xi has a sharp ear. The dominant voices in her latest collection of short stories belong to the bold and elegant Chinese women, the high achievers, losers, dreamers and dancers with families and lovers, who are separated by continents and cultures. Their stories, unsentimentally told, are a stimulating read.”
Suchen Christine Lim, author of A Bit of Earth, Fistful of Colours and Rice Bowl
Silk Road Review
story "To Body To Chicken" reprinted in latest issue
Prime Number Magazine Issue 17, 2012
book review of Access
RTHK Radio 3 June 4
Morning Brew with Phil Whelan
Shanghai City Weekend Blog Feb 29
book review of Access
First City New Delhi Jan 2012 (2.0MB)
BACKLIST now available as E BOOKS
1994: Chinese Walls (novel)
1996: Daughters of Hui (fiction collection)
1997: Hong Kong Rose (novel)
2001: The Unwalled City (novel)