In Yan's stories it is the small kindness, the brief, tender moment, that surmounts the walls. At these times her characters, no matter how recalcitrant, breathe free, as when Wen Xiu feels the beauty of the herdsman's song: "At times she wished Lao Jin would just die--but not the song. The song should follow her even when she left this place."
Causes Geling Yan Supports
Causes related to relief for former "comfort women," i.e., those women and girls forced to serve as prostitutes for the Japanese military during the Sino-...