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Ha Jin

Biography: Ha Jin



Ha Jin is a well respected Chinese-American writer who has only ever written in English, although he spent his formative years in China. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards for his writing about his homeland.

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Book review: <i>In The Pond</i> by Ha Jin



Some people are entirely happy with their lot in life; with work and a roof over their heads and a decent meal they can be satisfied. Some people live lives of quiet dissatisfaction. And some people have a way to strike back. Such is the political and very entertaining tale of Shao Bin, Harvest Fertilizer Plant worker by day, artist by night, who takes of the corrupt powers that be.

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Book review: <i>Waiting</i> by Ha Jin



Nothing says love like waiting eighteen years for your boyfriend (who you’ve never even kissed) to divorce his wife and marry you. Really. Waiting is the heartbreaking tale of a man and a woman and another woman, living in China and making sure they adhere to the regulations of the communist party and the conventions of everyday life. Ha Jin manages to describe the utterly foreign (to me, anyway) experience of living in communist China, but he also manages to make it seem commonplace, interesting and alive all at once.

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