Diaspora Literature


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Diaspora Literature

Curated by Tsai Yahsun, Professor, Department of Applied Language and Culture, National Taiwan Normal University

“Diaspora” is a phenomenon common to both the ancient and modern worlds. Because humans need a sense of connection and belonging, we form bonds with people, events, time, land, an... (Read more)

Works and Authors
Yearning for Flying
Yearning for Flying Cong Su (Tsung Su)

The short story “Yearning for Flying” was published on July 15, 1976 in the United Daily News supplement. The work is a tragic tale of a friend, who l... (Read more)

The Rootless Orchid
The Rootless Orchid Chen Zhifan (Chen Tse-fan)

“The Rootless Orchid” was included in My America Journal, one of Chen Zhifan’s best-known essay collections, and often appears in middle-school textbo... (Read more)

The Big Event of the Week
The Big Event of the Week Zhou Feili (Philip Chou)

One of the author’s representative works, Philip Chou’s “The Big Event of the Week” deals with the lives of immigrants living in the USA. The story fi... (Read more)

A Broken Sail
A Broken Sail Bao Zhen (Bau Jen)

The title “A Broken Sail” comes from the Song dynasty poet Lu You’s “Nostalgia,” the lament of a homeless wanderer: “Like a broken sail, for half my l... (Read more)

A Day in Professor Tan's Life
A Day in Professor Tan's Life Li Li

The eponymous protagonist of “A Day in Professor Tan's Life” teaches in a university Chinese department. In his youth Professor Tan followed the Natio... (Read more)

Plain Moon
Plain Moon Gu Zhaosen (Dschau-sen J. Ku)

“Plain Moon” took second place in the 1990 United Daily News Fiction Awards. The story deals with the interactions of Hong Kong immigrants and Mainlan... (Read more)

In Liu Village
In Liu Village Yu Lihua (Yu Li-hua)

Yu Lihua is one of Taiwan’s foremost female writers of the postwar period. Her unique coming-of-age experiences have served as material for a richly e... (Read more)

A La-tzu Woman
A La-tzu Woman Li Yongping

“A La-tzu Woman,” originally named “A Native Woman’s Blood,” was published in Literature Magazine in 1972. Set in the author’s native Borneo, the stor... (Read more)

The Blue and the Black
The Blue and the Black Wang Lan

First published in 1958, The Blue and the Black has been called one of the “four great novels of the war of resistance.” The story begins with the Sin... (Read more)

Crossroads
Crossroads Chen Ruoxi (Chen Jo-his)

Taiwanese students who studied abroad in the 1980s were confronted with huge political, economic, and social changes, compounded by the political dead... (Read more)

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Carving on the Back(Short Story Collection)
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Wild Malaysia (Prose Collection)
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