the short story project


Shi Zhecun (1905 – 2003) was a Chinese author and journal editor in Shanghai during the 1930s. He also wrote poetry and essays, but is most known for his modernist short stories exploring the psychological conditions of Shanghai urbanites. From the 1940s onwards, he translated western novels into Chinese and worked as a scholar of classical Chinese literature.

Sabrina Li-Chun Huang is a Chinese writer, born in Taipei in 1979. She studied philosophy at the National Chengchi University and after graduation, went on to work in media. She has published three collections of short stories: Fallen Xiao Luren (2001) and Eight Flowers Blossom, Nine Seams Split (2005) which were published under the pseudonym Jiu Jiu, and Welcome to the Dollhouse (2012), in which “The Girl of His Dreams” first appeared. Huang’s short fiction has won every major short story prize in Taiwan, including the China Times Literary Award and the United Daily Literary Award. In 2012, she was named by Unitas Magazine as one of the 20 best Sinophone writers under 40.  

Wu Ming-Yi was born in 1971 in Taiwan. He is a multidisciplinary artist, author, academic, and environmental activist. In the Chinese-speaking world, he is especially known for his nonfiction books on butterflies, The Book of Lost Butterflies (2000) and The Dao of Butterflies (2003), which he also designed and illustrated. His novel The Man with Compound Eyes (2011) was published in English in 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Fu-Jen Catholic University and a Ph.D. in Chinese Literature from National Central University. In 2000 he began teaching literature and creative writing at Dong Hwa University.

Lieh Tzu has written one of three great books of Chinese Daoism (along with Dao De Jing, attributed to Lao Tzu, and the sayings of Zhuang Zhou). Not much is known about the man called Lieh Tzu, who lived and wrote in the fourth century BCE; Perhaps only that he “moved riding the wind.”

Pu Sung-ling (1640-1715) was born Zichuan (today Zibo) in Shandong.  In order to support his family, he spent most of his time teaching at the home of one of the wealthy families in his district, where he also wrote most of the stories – some five hundred in number – included in his book Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio (Liaozhai zhiyi). This collection of the stories turned the supernatural story genre, which has a long tradition in China, into a high level of art. Pu’s book is still considered the pinnacle of writing in classical Chinese prose. Pu Sung-ling also wrote many other works: plays, poetry, and essays.