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Lu, Ping 1953- [A pseudonym] (Lu Ping)

Lu, Ping 1953- [A pseudonym] (Lu Ping)

PERSONAL:

Born 1953, in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Education: Graduated from National Taiwan University; University of Iowa, master's degree.

ADDRESSES:

Office—Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Center, Ste. 4907, 49/F Central Plaza, 18 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

CAREER:

Novelist and columnist. China Times, editorial writer; Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Center, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, director, 2003—. Also worked as an ambassador-at-large for Taiwan and as a statistician in the United States.

AWARDS, HONORS:

First prize in fiction contest, United Daily News, 1983, for story "Death of a Cornfield."

WRITINGS:

At Kindergarten, Foreign Languages Press (Peking, China), 1978.

Tang Song Chuan Qi Gu Shi, Shanghai wen hua chu ban she (Shanghai, China), 1983.

Hsin Li Yen Chiu, Wu chou chu pan she (Taipei, Taiwan), 1983.

Zhongguo Zheng Zhi Shou Ce: Zhong Ying Ming Cheng Dui Zhao, Fu She Tuan Ji Gou Jian Jie, Shang wu yin shu guan (Hong Kong), 1987.

(With Li Li) Xin Shi Di Shen Mei Te Zheng, Liaoning da xue chu ban she (Shenyang Shi), 1988.

Yu Qiang Nei Wai, Fan rong chu ban she (Hong Kong), 1990.

Xi Yu Da Shi Di Hua San, Zhi shi chu ban she (Shanghai, China), 1990.

Chi Dao Di Chan Hui: Jian Yu Nei Wai Ji Shi, Shanghai Zhi shi chu ban she (Shanghai, China), 1990.

(With Li Li) Shi Di Chao Yue, Guangxi ren min chu ban she (Nanning, China), 1990.

(With others) Wo Kan Dao Yao Yuan Di Fang Di Yi Dian Guang: "chuang ye ren di gu shi," Zhongguo sheng chan li zhong xin (Taipei, Taiwan), 1992.

Qi Ye Zhuan Huan Jing Ying Ji Zhi Shi Yong Da Quan, Xue lin chu ban she (Shanghai, China), 1993.

Heng Shuo Wu Ling: Di Si Ye Zhan Jun Jie Fang Zhong Nan Ji Shi, Guo fang da xue chu ban she (Beijing, China), 1999.

(With Xu Zhuoyun) Kua Shi Ji De Guangdong Gong Ye, Guangdong gao deng jiao yu chu ban she (Guangzhou, China), 1999.

Kua Shi Ji De Guangdong Xian Dai Hua Tan Suo, Guangdong gao deng jiao yu chu ban she (Guangzhou, China), 2000.

When Will You Come Again? (novel; in Chinese), 2002.

Love & Revolution: A Novel about Song Qingling and Sun Yat-sen,(first published in Chinese), 1995, translated by Nancy Du, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 2006.

SIDELIGHTS:

Ping Lu, a Taiwanese novelist and columnist, is the author of Love & Revolution: A Novel about Song Qingling and Sun Yat-sen, which examines the final months of the Chinese revolutionary leader, who died in 1925, and the life of his much younger second wife, who died in 1981. Weaving together three distinct narratives—that of Sun, Song, and the daughter of one of Song's lovers—the work explores Sun's complex political life and Song's diminishing influence after her husband's death. Though a critic in Publishers Weekly felt that Love & Revolution "will confuse readers less familiar with the intricacies of the region's political history," John D. Van Fleet, writing on the Asian Review of Books Web site, observed that the novel "deserves to be more accessible to English readers. Ping's subject is essential for a grasp of modern China, while her diligence in research and her story-crafting skills are obvious." According to Bradley Winterton in the Taipei Times, "The book sticks valiantly to the historical record, and because it presents Sun remembering his life prior to his death in 1925, and Song remembering the events she lived through right up to her death in 1981, the two narratives combined offer a vivid and personalized picture of political events in China through much of the 20th century."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Library Journal, September 15, 2006, Shirley N. Quan, review of Love & Revolution: A Novel about Song Qingling and Sun Yat-sen, p. 50.

Publishers Weekly, June 12, 2006, review of Love & Revolution, p. 28.

Taipei Times, November 26, 2006, Bradley Winterton, "Will the Real Sun Yat-sen Please Stand Up?," review of Love & Revolution.

ONLINE

Asian Review of Books,http://www.asianreviewofbooks.com/ (December 24, 2006), John D. Van Fleet, review of Love & Revolution.

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