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CHOPSTICKS AT DAWN: orientalism in Western music
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ANNA MAY WONG MUST DIE!
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TUBE LOVE. Short story about the dangers of snogging in public with a novel horror climax.
Above the great metropolis the sky was blue, the breeze was light and the trees were in bloom. It was the first day of the year that felt like spring had arrived and they were in love. The kind of love that throws up that magical bubble of crazy happiness around your nation of two and renders you invisible to your fellow citizens. At least that’s how it felt. The thought that people weren’t looking out of politeness, embarrassment or had just eaten breakfast and didn't want to lose it, never entered their collective mind as it floated somewhere over north London. ... Read more here
ANNA MAY WONG: A CELESTIAL STAR IN PICCADILLY
CHINESE IN BRITAIN
ALL GREASED UP AND NOWHERE TO GO. Short story written in answer to Private Eye's damning review of the erotic chick lit anthology, In Bed With.
"So they finally greased her up and threw her over the prison yard wall. She’d heard of this fabled activity so often in her life, as have we all. A strange unlikely event that only happens in bar-room banter and TV comedy scripts. Yet here she was. Naked. Shivering in her fresh bikini wax and three hundred dollar haircut. Oiled. Waiting. ..."
SHORT STORY: Anna serialises her short story, Jeb 'n George Go Hunting. A nasty little gothic tale of country folk. Some might think this is about what the neo-cons are doing to the rest of us... I couldn't possibly comment.
RED GUARD, YELLOW SUBMARINE
So you've been brought up as a Red Guard ... in Hackney. You make your first ever visit to the motherland during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. How will clashing ideologies compete in the fragile battleground that is you? How high a price would you pay in order to belong?
Written and narrated by Anna Chen
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SPARKS RADIO DRAMA WRITING GROUP 2004
YOKO ONO: A Life In Flux, BBC Radio 3
IIN PERSPECTIVE: SERGEI EISENSTEIN
THE NEXT WAVE HOME. Short story published in the 1994 anthology of new Chinese writing from London, Another Province, edited by Jessie Lim and Li Yan, foreword by Jung Chang. Runner up book in the Raymond Williams Community Publishing Award.