Emily Wu

Emily Wu

Emily Wu (巫一毛 Wu Yimao), born 1958, Beijing, is a Chinese-American writer whose short stories have appeared in magazines and newspapers, and in an anthology of poetry and prose. She went to the US in 1981 and has a BA in English from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, and an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

In 2006 she published a highly-acclaimed memoir, " [http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780375424281 Feather in the Storm, A Childhood Lost in Chaos] ", telling her story of growing up in China in a "black" (rightist) family during the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. The book is a counterpart to the memoir written by her father, the translator and writer Wu Ningkun, who was denounced as an ultra-rightist during the late '50s. Emily Wu is also a featured subject, together withShi Tianjian and Yan Yunxiang, in Chris Billing's 2005 documentary " [http://www.uptothemountain.com Up to the Mountain, Down to the Village] ". From 1968 onwards more than 17 million high school students and young adults were sent "up to the mountain, down to the village" (上山下乡 shang shan, xia xiang) to "learn from the peasants". In the documentary three of those youngsters revisit the remote villages to which they were sent thirty years ago.

External links

* [http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780375424281 Feather in the Storm, A Childhood Lost in Chaos, by Emily Wu and Larry Engelmann, New York 2006]
* [http://www.amazon.com/dp/0375424288/ Feather in the Storm at Amazon]
* [http://www.boxun.com/hero/wuym Wu Yimao's writings at the Independent Chinese PEN Center]
* [http://www.uptothemountain.com Chris Billing's documentary "Up to the Mountain, Down to the Village"]


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