Red Is Not the Only Color: Contemporary Chinese Fiction on Love and Sex between Women, Collected Stories / Edition 1

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The first English-language anthology of its kind, Red Is Not the Only Color offers a window into the uncharted terrain of intimate relations between Chinese women. As urban China has undergone rapid transformation, same-sex relations have emerged as a significant, if previously neglected, touchstone for the exploration of the meaning of social change. The short fiction in this volume highlights tensions between tradition and modernization, family and state, art and commerce, love and sex. These stories introduce an emerging generation of acclaimed, and at times controversial, women writers, including Chen Ran, Bikwan Wong, and Chen Xue. By presenting fiction from the PRC, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, the collection deliberately maps the literary contours of same-sex intimacy in broadly cultural rather than purely political terms. The perceptive and informative introduction surveys the social evolution of female same-sex intimacy in twentieth-century China, examines how each author engages with her Chinese context, and discusses how the stories compare with earlier representations of Chinese same-sex intimacy in the United States. Compelling for its literary quality, the anthology will also spur reflection among scholars of modern Chinese literature as well as readers interested in questions of gender, sexuality, and cross-cultural representation.

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Editorial Reviews

China Quarterly
With so much deserving fiction awaiting translation, an anthology such as this one deserves gratitude.
China Perspectives
This book is a touching co-operative product among the editor and women writers and translators. The stories are well chosen, with a cultural complexity and diversity that is quite remarkable. The stories move by their intellectual depth and emotional maturity, without hiding the historical complexity, cultural blind spots and social limitations and freedom that they come out of.
China Review International
This lucidly translated collection opens a window for its readers to get a glimpse of a rarely observed emotional world inhabited by women with a same-sex affective orientation. . . . An important and timely project.
Leila J. Rupp
Red is Not the Only Color is an astonishing collection of stories that opens up a barely glimpsed world of a range of different kinds of intimacy between Chinese women. Sieber's lucid introduction places these gripping stories in a historical and cultural context that allows us to see how they challenge, in her words, 'both dominant Chinese and Western conceptions of gender, sexuality, and the political.' This anthology expands the boundaries of what we know about same-sex sexuality in a global context.
The China Quarterly
With so much deserving fiction awaiting translation, an anthology such as this one deserves gratitude.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742511385
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/5/2001
  • Series: Asian Voices Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Sieber is assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 She's a Young Woman and So Am I Chapter 3 Breaking Open Chapter 4 A Record Chapter 5 Brothers Chapter 6 Lips Chapter 7 Fever Chapter 8 In Search of the Lost Wings of the Angels Chapter 9 Andante Chapter 10 Critical Biographies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001

    Looking for Lesbian Voice

    Is Qiu Miao-jin included in this anthology? It seems no. What a pity. Qiu is my favorite writer, and she is also the best lesbian writer in Chinese. Her MONMATE LAST BOOKS and CROCODILE BOOK are so powerful. I cry often when I read Qiu. Nobody can replace her. I am glad to know about this anthology, but I want to see some translations that are focus on single writers. Only so, we can understand writers better. If we rely on anthologies only, we can only know a small part of the writers. Jia-Yo! (means Keep going in Chinese)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    The Color Is Not Only For Lesbians

    Very happy, happy to know about this anthology. The editor and the publishing house is heroic! While paying salute to the lesbian writers in the anthology, I would like to express my longing too: I, and we people in general, want to see an anthology of homosexual/bisexual men from the Chinese people too! The sexual repression among the female and male homosexuals in China is so serious; it is better in HK and TW, but not satisfactory enough. Lesbians speak out, non-heterosexual men have to do so too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    Chen Xue is so good

    As a Hongkongese, I read the writers from Taiwan often too. What a pleasure to know Chen Xue is translated into English and collected in the book. Chen Xue is a fine stylist, and she knows to express the women's pang. She depicts not only the lesbians, but also the bisexual women. In her prose, one can see the multiple dimensions of women. The readers often focus on her early stories, but I think her later stories should be read and TRANSLATED too. Her novel (only in Chinese by now) on trauma is very well written.

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