SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Book Launch: Wedding in Autumn and Q&A with author Shih Chiung-Yu

Shih Chiung-Yu

Date: 1 June 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 1 June 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Book Launch


Haunted by memories of the Chinese Civil War in the late 1940s, a platoon of soldiers is exiled from China’s southwest to the southeast coast of the island of Taiwan. Hoping in vain to return to mainland China, they are doomed to live and die in Taitung County, which is, like Yunnan Province, highly ethnic.

The three novellas in this collection tell stories of ethnic exiles and ethnic natives, Muslim men who left their loved ones in China and the aboriginal Amis locals they marry or adopt to try to make themselves at home. And it is the wives and adopted daughters and sons who—tragic figures all—end up knocked up, sexually abused, sold into prostitution, happily married, insane, or dead.

Set in Taiwan in the 1970s, Wedding in Autumn and Other Stories captures the suffering and the will to survive of marginalised people everywhere.

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Author Bio

Shih Chiung-Yu was born in Taiwan in 1968. She grew up in Taitung, a village of aboriginal Taiwan.  Her writings involve stories of conflicts: conflicts between nations, conflicts between generations, conflicts between genders, conflicts between the East and the West. conflicts between racial prejudices.

She has been a writer, essayist, news reporter and documentary filmmaker for many years. Awards she has won include the China Times Literature Award, and the United Daily News Literature Award.

Her novel, Masked Dolls, was translated and published by Balestier Press in 2016. A short stories collection, Wedding in Autumn and Other Stories, will be published in 2018.

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