My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. My motto is: Honesty doesn’t hang on the printed word, nor beauty on powder and paint.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Being the first, and a Chinese, writer to be published in Simon & Schuster’s new world literature series, Atria International Imprint.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I would like to be a Cycas revolute, an earthy and unadorned plant, that can mysteriously “sleep” for a long time, but once awake, becomes full of life again.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Seeing the letters and magazines on my desk that I will never finish reading.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Soong May-ling, also known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek. I’d say to her: “You lived an admirable life.”