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Critical Essay | Critical Review by Jocelyn Lieu

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of Ocean of Words.
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Critical Review by Jocelyn Lieu

SOURCE: "Beating the Odds," in Chicago Tribune Books, December 24, 1996, p. 6.

[In the following review, Lieu compares and contrasts Jin's Ocean of Words with Chinese writer Wang Ping's Foreign Devil.]

These are two extraordinary, original works of fiction, similar in subject and spirit, by two Chinese American writers. Wang Ping, who was born in 1957, and Ha Jin, born in 1956, both grew up in China during the turbulent Cultural Revolution. Both emigrated to America in 1985 and began writing—and publishing—thereafter. (Ha has written two books of poems, Between Silences and Facing Shadows. Wang's critically acclaimed short-story collection, American Visa, was published in 1994. A collection of her poems—she has won a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for her poetry—is due out from Coffee House next spring.)

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