Sunday, September 21, 2008

Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang , born 1965, is an writer of novels and . Her works include ''Hunger'', a novella plus four short stories, and ''Inheritance,'' a novel.

Life and career

She was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, the daughter of Chinese parents who survived the World War II Japanese occupation of China and later emigrated to the United States. Chang has received fellowships from Stanford University and Princeton University. She has most recently served as the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer of Creative Writing at Harvard University. Chang received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa, an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University. At Yale, she served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News, and at Harvard, she received a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Chang is currently Professor of English at the University of Iowa and Director of the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop; she is the first female and Asian American writer to serve as director of the Workshop. In 2008 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The five stories in '''' deal mainly with the position of Chinese in America, though the last of them is set in pre-Communist Shanghai. '''' is the story of a wealthy but declining family in Republican China, beginning in 1925 and extending through the period of the Japanese invasion and the post-war flight to Taiwan and then the USA.

Critical studies

as of March 2008:
#Jonathan Freedman. "Transgressions of a Model Minority." ''Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies'', 2005 Summer; 23 : 69-97.
#Hetty Lanier Keaton. ''Feeding Hungry Ghosts: Food, Family, and Desire in Stories by Contemporary Chinese American Women.'' Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences, 2002 July; 63 : 187-88. U of Tulsa, 2002.

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