About the Author
Zhong Lihe (1915–1960) grew up in a village in Pingtung and spent his early adulthood working on his father's remote hill farm in Meinong. In between and after, he spent considerable time in Taiwan's cities, chiefly Kaohsiung and Taipei, as well as in Mukden and Peking in Mainland China. Most of his earliest stories were written on the Mainland when he was in his mid to late-twenties, and many of those are set in Manchuria and China. His work realistically and humanely critiques and celebrates the problems and riches of the communities and cultures he knew, particularly the Hakka Chinese peasantry of his native rural South Taiwan.
T. M. McClellan was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Tweeddale in the Scottish Borders. He earned his bachelor's and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Edinburgh and specialized in modern Chinese literature. He is the author of Zhang Henshui and Popular Chinese Fiction, 1919–1949.
Zhong Tiejun is Zhong Lihe's third and only surviving son. He is known as a literary writer on family and Meinong affairs.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Zhong Tiejun
Sources, Translations, and Acknowledgments
Part 1: Formative Years
1. My Grandma from the Mountains
2. First Love
3. From the Old Country
Part 2: Stories from the Old Country
4. In the Willow Shade
6. The Fourth Day
Part 3: Homeland
8. Forest Fire
9. Uncle A-Huang
10. My "Out-Law" and the Hill Songs
Part 4: Meinong Lyrics
11. My Study
12. The Grassy Bank
13. The Plow and the Sky
14. The Little Ridge
Part 5: Meinong Economics
15. Swimming and Sinking
What People are Saying About This
Zhong Lihe has a well-deserved reputation in Taiwan as a writer of 'homeland literature' and was an inspiration to many later Taiwanese writers. Here he presents some of the most vivid depictions of rural life in Taiwan in the 1940s and 1950s.
Zhong Lihe's works deal with a broad spectrum of subject matters that transcend geographical and national boundaries. This high-quality translation conveys his succinct and accessible style.