March 22, 2022
“Like many writers, I am aware of how many stories remain buried for all time and fascinated by how other stories emerge,” says Gish Jen in an interview for The New Yorker. “I have been interested in cultural differences in narrative-making for some time… Immigration doesn’t only give you new phrases and ways of framing things. It teaches you to narrate in a completely different way.” In her new book, Thank You, Mr. Nixon, Gish Jen takes measure of the fifty years since the opening of China and its unexpected effects on the lives of ordinary people. In this WIT Series conversation, Gish Jen discusses Opening China, Opening Lives with writer, author, and critic, Bethanne Patrick.