Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 17: That Man in Our Lives
Xu Xi introduces her new novel, That Man in Our Lives, wherein the enigmatic Gordon Marc Ashberry ("Gordie") disappears during a flight delay in Japan, leaving his friends and family to ponder his whereabouts and what he means to all of them in his absence.
Xu Xi and Simon discuss the novel's themes of friendship, of Chinese-American relationships and of writing itself. They also look at how Cantonese and Mandarin can be incorporated into English language writing. The Writing Masterclass is 'How to be a Transnational Writer'.
Simon and Xu Xi in conversation at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival on 14 June, 2016, shortly after this podcast was recorded. Photo by Laura Ho.
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00:00 - Introduction - That Man in Our Lives 17:20 - Reading 1: Gordie disappears 19:20 - Themes and issues 38:00 - Reading 2: Larry Woo writes about Gordie 39:40 - Interlude: The Miss and the Man by Dazie Mae 43:20 - Editing and publishing 71:40 - Writing Masterclass: How to be a transnational writer 77:40 - Copyright information
That Man in Our Lives - the book, the soundtrack and relevant events Xu Xi's author website C & R Press - publisher of That Man in Our Lives Nixon in China - opera by John Adams A Dream of Red Mansions 紅樓夢 - the classical Chinese novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte The Flower Drum Song by CY Lee Maxine Hong Kingston Amy Tan Pearl Buck Ha Jin Cormac McCarthy Cantonese Romanisation systems Authors At Large Simon's website Hong Kong Writers Circle Subscribe to the podcast on I Tunes
The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 17: That Man in Our Lives was produced by SCC Overton.
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Exerpts were from That Man in Our Lives by Xu Xi published by C & R Press.
The music was Jingle Jazz by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence.
Jingle Jazz (Quantum Jazz) / CC BY-SA 3.0
The interlude music was The Miss & the Man by Dazie Mae from the album, Seasonal Affective Disorder used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike 3.0 license.
The Miss & the Man (Dazie Mae) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
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Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork. Special thanks to C & R Press for an advance copy of That Man in Our Lives.