Aida Edemariam interviews the writer in the Guardian - and her story is quite amazing: five years ago she struggling to learn to write in English in a US adult education class!
And I like the point she makes about not wanting to create an "exotic Asia" in her stories.
I think that happens, and I'm aware of it. But I don't buy it. I don't write for that reason. I'm not going to satisfy people's curiosity about exotic China, or exotic Asians. If I write a story, I write a story. I have to make sure it's a good story, and that I don't take any short cuts because it's about China. I feel I have a lot of Chinese stories I need to tell.And I for one am looking forward to reading them.
Sarah Crown on the Guardian blog is rejoicing too:
For most of the second half of the 20th-century, short stories languished in literary no man's land - not long enough to qualify as "proper" novels, too long to pack poetry's punch. In recent years, however, they have enjoyed a much documented renaissance. It seems to me, when I look back over books that have come out over the last couple of years, that those which linger in my mind and that I've recommended again and again to friends have almost all been short story collections.