There are some good reasons I keep showing up on Red Room, not just because I love hearing the sound of my own voice. (Well, that's PART of it, I suppose). There are some real inspirational people in Red Room, and Belle Yang is one of them. I'm sure she would be embarrassed by all my glowing words, so it's good she's been absent a few days....presumably being creative, as always. Belle is a rare talent, and just quirky enough to be always interesting. (And, even more importantly, she tolerates most of my lame jokes).
The sort of long distance collaboration/commiseration that such a forum as Red Room offers would have been, of course, inconceivable just a few years ago. To be able to get immediate feedback, critique, etc., from a semi-famous person like Belle is something not to be taken for granted. I even have an autographed copy of Forget Sorrow right in my hand, and I didn't even have to go to a book signing to get it! (Although, had I lived anywhere in the area, I would have made every effort to get there).
This brings me to the real reason for this post. Forget Sorrow is REQUIRED READING for every literate person. As well as for any person with any clue about China's recent history....or maybe even more so fo the clueless. (Someone once said that if there's one thing we learn from history, it's that we never learn anything from history). Beacause of the graphic novel format, it's easy to miss how HEAVY DUTY the material in the story is. It is profound on many different levels. It's serious and fun at the same time. Only a brilliant writer such as Belle could pull this off.
I don't know if Belle has a sequel/prequel/follow-up for Forget Sorrow lurking beneath her purple hat or not. Does one dare tweak with perfection or not? Only the creator knows for sure. One thing is certain: Belle deserves a good rest after this Magnum Opus, and to reap richly the rewards of her passion.
If it weren't for the fact that Forget Sorrow is in black and white, one might think it was written in blood.
Causes Eric Nichols Supports
Free Burma Rangers, Partners Ministries (Thailand), Literacy council of Alaska, Access Alaska.