Chinese Women Writers on the Environment: A Multi-Ethnic Anthology of Fiction and Nonfiction, edited by Dong Isbister, Xiumei Pu, and Stephen D. Rachman (McFarland Books, 2020), was supported by an ASLE Translation Grant and has recently been published.
The stories, prose and poems in this anthology offer readers a unique and generous array of women’s experiences in China. In a world that is rapidly modernizing, these writings attempt to reconcile with the ever-changing people, plants, beasts and environment. After five years of painstaking collection and translation, the authors present these stories of strength and sadness, defiance and resilience, urban and village life, from the days of the cultural revolution to the present. Whether a house full of hawks and eagles, a stubborn cow, or a defiant elderly couple sabotaging a lumber operation, these stories express powerful visions of the earth interwoven with human memory.