My newest story "Gallop" is in Escape Wheel, the newest Great Weather for Media 2020 Anthology!
Writing Remix Podcast
I was a guest in this writing podcast.
We talked about Hong Kong’s new National Security Law, government censorship, the complicated nature of revolutions, and the importance of free speech to the work of a writer.
In Yoko Ogawa’s novel The Memory Police, a new government takes over a small island off the coast of Japan and begins to remove objects from its residents’ memories.
First, the residents must bring out a chosen item from their possessions and destroy it by killing, burning, burying, or discarding it in the rivers and oceans. Then, as time goes on, the people’s ability to remember begins to fade, until all is forgotten.
The chosen items start off mundane – such as bells, perfume, emeralds, and birds – but eventually grows to newspapers, televisions, and the ferry that takes people from the island to the mainland.
It's been a long process. I submitted this story over a year ago, and now it's finally in print. I'm now in the running of Best American Short Stories, as this is one of the publications they pull stories from.
I'm so very grateful and proud.
"But our position of weakness is not an inherent failure of the Hong Kong people, but a failure of the system we inherited – a failure of history because the British did not give Hong Kong independence after World War II, like the rest of Asia, when China was weak and embroiled in a civil war.
Our lack of sovereingty and our position of weakness does not equate to a lack of dignity."