This is a collection of 6 recent stories by Zeng Xiaowen, one of the best immigrant writers from China. With two master’s degrees, one in literature and another in information technology, Xiaowen wanders freely between the worlds of emotions and facts, creating her own style of literature. In her work, Xiaowen focuses on female immigrants in whose lives cultural conflicts play an important role, and on how individuals survive misunderstanding and prejudice. In Deportation, true love develops between a Chinese woman and a Texas immigration officer responsible for deporting her. In A Kafkaesque Engagement, a Chinese-Canadian couple planning to marry and a gay couple who want a divorce are both trapped in bewildering situations caused by bureaucracy; the Chinese woman, Yu Tong, a senior manager at a financial institution, has to deal not only with the absurd situation, but also the prejudice of the white lawyer they hired. The novella''A Double Flowered Woman'' tells the story of a Chinese woman who went through jail, divorce, loss of career, etc, only due to infertility. But she found support from a group of women from different cultures eventually started seeking new happiness. For Xiaowen’s intelligent, well-educated and self-confident female characters, all experiences become part of their self-development.
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Xiaowen Zeng was born and raised in Heilongjiang province, China. She received an M.A. in Literature from Nankai University, China and a M.S. in Information Technology from Syracuse University in the USA. She has published many short stories, pieces of non-fiction, poems, and essays. Her works have been included in a number of literature collections. She has published three novels The Day Time Floating Journey, The Night is Still Young, and The Immigrant Years, a collection of novellas and short stories The Kilt and Clover, Too Tired to Love and a collection of non-fiction Turn Your Back to the Moon. She won a Central Daily News literature award in 1996, and a United Daily Literature Award in 2004. Her short story The Kilt and Clover was ranked in the 2009 Top 10 by the China Fiction Association. She also won the top prize awarded at The First Global Chinese Prose Competition in 2014 for Carrying the Soul Back Home. Xiaowen co-wrote and published, with Sun Bo, a 20-episode TV drama Invented in China, which won a Chinese Writers Erduosi Literature Award, a Zhongshan Cup Overseas Chinese Literature Award in 2011 and the 2011 Best TV Script Award given by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Radio, Film and Television. It was made into a 30-episode series re-titled Missing Your Hands and aired in Feb, 2014 in China. A translated version of Carrying the Soul Back Home earned a spot on the long-list for PRISM magazine’s 2015 Creative Non-Fiction Contest and her first original English short story Return to Gander was published in an anthology, The Strangers, in 2016. Xiaowen served as the vice chair and chair of Chinese Pen Society of Canada from 2004-2012. She currently works as an IT Director in Toronto, Canada.
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