Since leaving school ten years ago, my go-to was always Chinese-authored fiction —both diaspora and migrating Chinese writing in English, and those few whose work had been translated. Finding these writers in the UK was difficult, and I ended up reading everything written by a very small group of Chinese women — Jung Chang, Xinran, Anchee Min to name a couple. It’s amazing to see how many more is becoming easily available and in such a variety of genres too.
I love reading commentaries like yours to understand the impact these early writers had on diaspora writers and the community as a whole. But it’s also great to see that mainstream readers are being given options when it comes to reading Asia and viewing Asians from the outside — hopefully some of the damage done by the Arthur Goldens of mainstream publishing can be repaired.