Category Archive: Peony Author Press

Leta Hong Fincher, Leftover Women, BBC

An advertisement centred around “leftover women” in China has gone viral, provoking an emotional debate about single women in the country.

The issue of unmarried females, often stigmatised as “sheng nu” or leftover women, has long been a topic of concern in a society that prioritises marriage and motherhood for women.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny by Wang Dulu, adapted by Justin Hill, a Weinstein production

Leta Hong Fincher, Wall Street Journal

Chinese feminist Li Tingting has a message for those who detained her ahead of International Women’s Day last year: Thanks.

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The Japan Times, Yan Geling


  At the opening of Chinese-American author Geling Yan’s best-selling novel “Little Aunt Crane,” a 16-year-old girl by the name of Tatsuru, or “Crane,” escapes a mass suicide that Japanese elders in a Manchurian village order to preserve their honor. The young girl’s problems, however, have only just begun.

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Los Angeles Review of Books, Yan Geling

Yan Geling is a Chinese novelist, born in Shanghai, who lives in Berlin and travels frequently to China. Her novel The Flowers of War was made into a film starring Christian Bale, and she has won wide acclaim both inside and outside of China. Her new novel in English, Little Aunt Crane(translated by Esther Tyldesley) is a wonderfully empathic story of a young Japanese girl, Tatsuru, who stays behind in China after the end of World War Two. 

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Paper Republic, Yan Geling

Yan Geling has been publishing novels, short stories, novellas, essays and scripts since 1986. Her novel 金陵十三钗 (translated into English by Nicky Harman as The Flowers of War) was made into a movie starring Christian Bale, while 张艺谋 Zhang Yimou’s critically-acclaimed film Coming Home (归来) was adapted from her novel 陆犯焉识.

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