Oct 25, Minutes. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency whose website is read by Chinese all over the world. But his newest assignment may be his undoing: But in outing Haili, he is also provoking her powerful political allies, and he will need to draw on all of his journalistic cunning to come out of this investigation with his career—and his life—unscathed.
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A brilliant, darkly funny story of corruption, integrity, and the power of the pen, The Boat Rocker is a tour de force. From the award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash: Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency that produces a website read by the Chinese diaspora around the world. But in outing Haili, he is also provoking her powerful political allies, and he will need to draw on all of his journalistic cunning to emerge from this investigation with his career—and his life—still intact.
A brilliant, darkly funny story of corruption, integrity, and the power of the pen, The Boat Rocker is a tour de force of modern fiction. He is the author of eight novels, four story collections, four volumes of poetry, and a book of essays. One of the most unsettling books about the moral dimensions of modern journalism. A powerful vehicle for the truths of our times. But he also draws us, so gently that we hardly notice, into some very deep questions, first about Chinese-American identity, then about identity for any person, and then about the value and the risks, for anyone, of living with integrity.
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Glimpses of the Moon. The Cake Tree in the Ruins. Spy of the First Person. Novels LOA Since that first book, Jin has produced numerous other works, including the poetry volumes Facing Shadows and Wreckage , and the short-story collections Ocean of Words: Ha Jin Ha Jin.
In Jin, who had only recently begun writing in English, published his first volume of poetry. This effort, Between Silences , and his two subsequent books of poetry, Facing Shadows and Wreckage , offer a sweeping panorama of Chinese history, from the excesses of the emperors to the public enthusiasm and private suffering attending the Cultural Revolution. Often narrative in form, Jin's poems likewise offer a glimpse into the family background and cultural antecedents that color his own writing: Though he was hired by Emory as a professor of poetry, Jin became well known for his fiction.
His first story Under the Red Flag.
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Under the Red Flag , Jin's second collection, is perhaps even more brutal in the truths it reveals about China and human nature. The first story in the volume, "In Broad Daylight," which earned a Pushcart Prize, chronicles the public punishment of a married woman who has performed sexual acts for money. In the title story of The Bridegroom , Jin writes about a homosexual man who, having taken a homely bride as a Ha Jin.
Jin's first novel, In the Pond, is a comic tale about a low-ranking worker at a Chinese fertilizer plant who publishes satiric cartoons about the Communist Party and company officials who have passed him over for a housing upgrade. The Crazed , Jin's third novel, concerns a graduate student's academic coming-of-age at the bedside of his mentor and future father-in-law, an esteemed professor whose "crazed" rants while recovering from a stroke reveal far more about himself and the oppressive life of a Chinese academician than the professor intends. Jin's fourth novel, War Trash , is the first-person account of a Chinese army officer's struggle to survive a prisoner-of-war camp after he is captured by Americans during the Korean War While the central character is purely fictional, the mistreatment of the Korean prisoners at the hands of their captors is, according to Jin, a historical reality.
The author's representation of these events draws upon his own experience in the Chinese army and his memory that "most of the soldiers were afraid of captivity more than death. The novel's protagonist, Nan Wu, is a scholar and aspiring poet who, along with his wife and young son, is forced to confront a far more mundane existence when he moves to the United States. Over the course of a decade he comes to terms with his new life as a restaurant owner and suburbanite, an experience reflecting that of many upwardly mobile immigrants in metropolitan Atlanta during the s. Though the novel is hardly autobiographical, critics have noted broad parallels between Nan Wu's experience and Jin's own move from China to Georgia.
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While the book's main themes are political—Feng learns that the influence of the Chinese Communist Party can stretch all the way to the United States—the novel also deals with more universal themes. Critics have especially praised the novel for Feng's use of humor to castigate both his ex-wife and the Chinese Communist Party. Ha Jin continues to write and teach at Boston University.
He is married to Lisha Bian, and they have one son, Wen.