Singing Loudly: The Better Bridegroom

Singing Loudly

Sunday, April 10, 2005

The Better Bridegroom

Ha Jin is one of the most fascinating writers in America right now. I suggest that you buy The Bridegroom to see for yourself.

However, you can see how wonderful he is in this NY Times Magazine interview.

Does a pen have power? I imagine that few people believe the pen is mightier than the sword.

That is a foolish saying. A sword is definitely mightier than a pen. A sword destroys. A pen is not a weapon. Writing is the opposite of fighting. It is a nurturing force.


You didn't move to this country until you were in your late 20's. It must have been difficult to teach yourself English.

When I lived in China I followed the radio. They had the learner's program every day for half an hour. It was very simple. They would teach you to speak English by saying things like ''This is a table. Is that a chair? Long live, Chairman Mao!''

Go and read it...


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