Advanced Reader of Contemporary Chinese Short Stories

Reflections on Humanity

Compiled Ying Wang and Carrie E. Reed

  • Published: September 2015
  • Subject Listing: Language; Asian Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 304 pp., 8 x 11 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Contents

This reader for advanced students of Chinese presents ten post-1990 short stories by prominent writers such as Su Tong and Yu Hua, whose novels Raise the Red Lantern and To Live served as the basis for internationally acclaimed films. With its captivating content dealing with current social issues, it fills a gap in the literature for advanced language students who are eager to read extensively in "real" literature. Vocabulary lists free the student from the chore of constantly consulting a dictionary while reading, grammar and usage examples highlight new patterns, and questions for discussion explore the literary content. This all-fiction collection of contemporary works can be used as a text in language or literature courses or can be read independently.
Ying Wang , assistant professor of Chinese at Mount Holyoke College, is a coeditor of Literature and Society: Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese. Carrie E. Reed , associate professor of Chinese at Middlebury College, is a coauthor of Xiˆoyuén Hˆnyu / Speaking Chinese on Campus: A Textbook for Intermediate Chinese Courses.

"The stories, all published after 1990, reflect the zeitgeist of contemporary China."
- Shuhui Yang, Bates College

"A varied and engaging selection of short fiction. The stories exhibit an interesting range of literary and rhetorical styles, of subject matter, and of authorial sensibilities."
- John Christopher Hamm, University of Washington

"In my 300-level Chinese language course, Contemporary Chinese Literature and Film, I used the book, Advanced Reader of Contemporary Chinese Short Stories. It's almost the only book I found pertinent to my purpose - annotated, authentic literary pieces with vocabulary lists, grammar notes, discussion questions, and brief introduction of the authors and styles."
-Hong Zeng, Assistant Professor of Chinese, Carleton College


Yu Hua, "I Don't Have a Name of My Own"
Mianmian, "A Patient"
Qiu Shanshan, "Afternoon Tea"
Liu Yunsheng, "The Pink Butterfly That Flies Away"
Liang Xiaosheng, "Watering Can"
Xia Shang, "Half Idiot"
Bi Feiyu, "Breastfeeding Woman"
Lu Ping, "Plain Gate"
Su Tong, "Umbrella"
Wang Meng, "A Mi's Story"


"An excellent and much-needed resource for the study of contemporary China."
-China Review International