Synopses & Reviews
For the millions of wah kiu or "overseas Chinese," life in the world beyond China's borders is fraught with the question of identity. In these stories and essays, written over the past thirty years, Xu Xi explores the joys, fears, idealism, disappointments, dreams and lives of the wah kiu. In Overleaf Hong Kong, she takes us around the globe, from Southeast Asia to Europe to North America to the Pacific, in her quest to address the problem of all wah kius -- what does being "Chinese" mean once your ancestors have left the homeland?
A collection of short stories and essays explores what it means to be an overseas Chinese.
For millions of wah kiu or overseas Chinese, life beyond China's borders is fraught with questions of identity. These eleven stories and thirteen essays take us round the globe, exploring the joys, fears, idealism, disappointments and dreams of the wah kiu. One critic describes the author's sensibility as keenly observant, generous and compassionate, while another says her unparalleled literary reach touches several continents with a new and innovative diasporic global language. This is the first collection to include essays.