Gish Jen


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Gish Jen, born Lillian Jen in 1955, is a contemporary American writer.

Gish Jen is a second generation Chinese American. Her parents emigrated from China in the 1940s, her mother from Shanghai and her father from Yixing. Born in Long Island, New York, she grew up in Queens, then Yonkers, then Scarsdale. Her birth name is Lillian, but during her high school years she acquired the ... more »

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  • ''... there is ... a big aspect of play in writing novels, and making the story more and more elaborate is just more and more fun.''
    Gish Jen (b. 1956), U.S. novelist. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 2, by Mickey Pearlman (1993).
  • ''When I think about why I would be a writer, why I should continue to be a writer, it seems to me one of the few things you can do where you're never bored.''
    Gish Jen (b. 1956), U.S. novelist. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 2, by Mickey Pearlman (1993).
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