Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. This new collection contains seven chapters of bilingual poems. Beginning with a long narrative poem, "Song of the Wild Land" is a poetic travelogue drafted in 2014 after a journey taken by the author with schoolmates back to the remote village in China, where they were sent for re-education through physical labour in the 1970s after the Cultural Revolution. Poems in this collection were inspired by various human conditions, including precious moments, unforgettable meetings, helpless despair when losing loved ones, and emotional desperation.
About the Author
Lien Chao has observed Chinese life through her work in the community as well as her interactions with Chinese immigrants in ESL classrooms. She came to Canada in 1984. Her first book, Beyond Silence: Chinese Canadian Literature in English, was published in 1997 and won the Gabrielle Roy Award for Canadian Criticism. Her works include Maples and the Stream, More Than Skin Deep, Tiger Girl (Hu Nu), and Strike the Wok: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction.