I have a different name in China than I do in the West. I am known as the author Tong Ting Ting.
And I am part of World Chinese literature. One can be an American writing in English, and the Chinese will still proudly claim her as their own.
My new book, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, is organized like a painting on a scroll. My journey to half a dozen villages in the countryside unfurls as I travel through the Pearl River Delta and along the Silk Road. I hope this book will be translated into Chinese so that the people I write about will be able to read it.
The last time I was in China, a scholar said to me, "It's too bad The Fifth Book of Peace will not be published here." I asked him why, and he said: "You write about the Dalai Lama." But only in passing. Just a mention. I don't remember -- I'll have to check -- did I write about His Holiness in my new book, too?
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By the way, Gina Misiroglu of Red Room put me in touch with the AOL people, which is one of the great ways she's bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room's authors.
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