The Vagrants

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Set in China's Cultural Revolution, Yiyun Li's novel The Vagrants tells the story of a young Red Guard leader who receives the death penalty for her counterrevolutionary writings.

Event: Yiyum Li will be speaking
Tuesday, February 17 at 7 pm
The Asia Society
725 Park Avenue, at 70th Street
For tickets, visit the Asia Society website.


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Comments [4]

xin wei

As a chinese, I found it rather insulting that Mr. Lopate's unnamed "friend" think Chinese culture does not value honesty while western culture does.

Mrs. Li apparently spent lots of time pleasing her host who gave her chance to speak in main stream media by saying a lot like "you are right....this is interesting observation......".

I am not sure what kind of family heritage Mrs. Li received from her parents that make her think chinese culture does not value honesty. But at least in my family, and I believe in main stream chinese culture as well, integrity and character is NO.1 thing we value.

Feb. 17 2009 03:15 PM
xin wei

"law does not punish the masses for their wrongdoing". If you do not know where that come from, think about a white KKK mob from South lynched african women and children without being punished. It is about human nature and has nothing to do with either chinese or american culture. Mrs Li's interpretation really missed the point.

Feb. 17 2009 03:00 PM
xin wei

China's one child policy was adopted around 1980, long after Mrs Li's birth.

Feb. 17 2009 02:47 PM
stacy from New York City

Li just mentioned she had a sister!!!

Did her parents defy the government in having a second child?

I'm interested in those circumstances. Thanks!

Feb. 17 2009 01:15 PM

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