Read an interview with Ha Jin published in the current, No. 191, issue of The Paris Review. Included is a reproduction of a manuscript page from his short story, "An English Professor." It's interesting to compare the in-process manuscript page with the finished and published version in the Summer 2009 issue of Zoetrope: All Story. It shows word changes and the shifts in cadence by the word changes. He was born in 1956 in China, came to the United States in 1985, and started writing in English in 1989. He has won many awards and teaches at Boston University.
Also, today, I read Benjamin Percy's 8-page "Me Vs. Animals," a memoir in the same issue of The Paris Review.
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Ha Jin's short story, "In the Crossfire" is a generational tale complete with judgmental mother-in-law making life hell for Tian and Connie until they rejoin forces. Jin's story is in Granta: The Magazine of New Writing / 106. New Fiction Special, 2009. He also has a story, "An English Professor" in the current, Summer 2009 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story. This story illustrates the emotional turmoil professors who have not yet achieved tenure experience. Both stories are rich with emotional sabotage, either self-inflicted or suffered from a parent.