Fiction / Nonfiction

Episode 164: Gish Jen

gish  Born in America, the daughter of immigrants, writer Gish Jen recalls that, “When we were growing up, people would often say: your father is very Chinese.” Not just a little Chinese – very Chinese. What did they mean by that? She answers astutely, with reference to her father’s unlikely memoir, the Tianamen Square tank man, and the chairs in the Shanghai Starbucks. A conversation at the Musuem of Chinese in America with music from pianist Alexander Wu.

  • person PERSON: her father
  • place PLACE: Tianamen Square
  • thing THING: Starbucks chairs
  • Version 2 RANDY’S THING: this sign

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