Author: Gish Jen

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Gish Jen (b. 1955), a first-generation American and an award-winning author of short stories and novels, was born on Long Island to parents who had been educated in Shanghai (mother in educational psychology, father in engineering) and who had immigrated separately to the United States around the time of World War II. Influenced by her upbringing as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, Jen funneled her childhood experiences and thoughts into her writing. Several of her short stories have been reprinted in the Best American Short Stories. Her works include four novels: Typical American (1991), Mona in the Promised Land (1997), The Love Wife (2005), and World and Town (2011). She has also written a collection of short fiction entitled Who’s Irish? (2000).

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Gish Jen

Gish Jen (b. 1955), a first-generation American and an award-winning author of short stories and novels, was born on Long Island to parents who had been educated in Shanghai (mother in educational psychology, father in engineering) and who had immigrated separately to the United States around the time of World War II.