Hybrid Identities: A Dialogue with International Creative Xiaolu Guo
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Visiting Professor and Writer-in-Residence, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Author of Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China
Professor of Social Policy and Founding Director, China Center for Social Policy
About the Event
In her award-winning memoir, Nine Continents, Xiaolu Guo (bio) documents her trajectory from a small fishing village in rural China to life in the West as a writer and filmmaker. At this event, Professor Qin Gao (bio) will engage Guo in conversation about identity, migration, memory, trauma, and writing—topics she explores not only in her autobiography but also in her novels and films. Guo published six books in China before moving to London in 2002, including the autobiographical novel, Village of Stone, which was translated into English to critical acclaim. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, and Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, published in 2008, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She is also a successful director of feature films, including She, a Chinese and UFO in Her Eyes, and documentaries; her work has premiered at the Venice Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, and other venues all over the world.