Women Writing Taiwan, by Amy Lantrip

Book Reviews Amy Lantrip   Photo by Ethan Chiang / Flickr Contemporary Taiwanese Women Writers: An Anthology (Cambria Press, 2018) is a collection of short stories in translation featuring contemporary Taiwanese authors.[i] This compilation is diverse in its representation of the female voice and perfectly captures the distinct setting and style of Taiwan. Multiple protagonists clash with traditional conventions such as getting married before thirty-five, marrying up, divorce stigma, dutiful wifehood, birthing children, and chastity. Despite these established expectations, these women are also experiencing a time of change and rapid urban development. As the world around them becomes more complicated, the reader gets a sense of Taiwan and particularly being a woman in Taiwan. Each main character feels real because they feel human, as their stories do the work of good literature: they offer unique, memorable emotions. Each main character feels real because they feel human, as their stories do the work of good literature: they offer unique, memorable emotions. The authors themselves deserve some introduction; this collection features Chu Tien-wen (b. 1956), winner of the 2015 Newman Prize for Chinese Literature. Chu is not only an accomplished author but also a screenplay writer, and her screenplays have served as the basis for multiple Hou Hsiao-hsien films. In her short story included in the collection, “The Story of Hsiao-Pi,”... Continue reading at 'World Literature Today'

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