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Interviewing Yang Huang, a fiction writer and computer engineer, was a real delight. We had a chance to read her forthcoming novel, The Good Son, before this interview, and we loved the way her complex characters drove a surprising and satisfying story. We definitely recommend it - it's out May 27, 2021! Yang has incredible advice about everything from characters to research. As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch. Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast. Theme music is "It's Time" by Scaricá Ricascá
217: Write Dangerously - Interview with Yang Huang
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Hey there word nerds! Today I am delighted to have Yang Huang on the show! Yang is an author and former engineer. She grew up in China’s Jiangsu province where she participated in the 1989 student uprisings, and moved to the U.S. to attend Boston College. Her debut novel, Living Treasures, won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction, and her essays and short stories have appeared in several notable magazines and journals including The Margins, Asian Pacific American Journal, and Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine just to name a few. Her latest book, My Old Faithful, is a collection of interlinked short stories centered around the five members of one totally ordinary yet thrillingly singular Chinese family. So listen in as Yang and I chat about this amazing story collection, and how and why you should always write dangerously. In this episode Yang and I discuss: The benefits of writing in your non-native language. Interlinked short story collections vs. multiple P.O.V. novels. How to immerse yourself in your character’s world, why you should. Why diverse readers need diverse writers. Risking it all, pushing your writing (and your readers) to the edge. Plus, Yang’s #1 tip for writers. For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/217
Yang Huang grew up in Jiangsu, China and came to the U.S. to study computer science. While working as an engineer, she studied literature and pursued writing, her passion since childhood. Her collection of linked family stories My Old Faithful won the Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her debut novel Living Treasures won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Author Yang Huang talks to Daniel Ford about her short story collection My Old Faithful. To learn more about Yang Huang, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @yangwrites. Today's episode is sponsored by OneRoom and Film Freaks Forever!
My guest is Yang Huang. Her debut novel Living Treasures won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction. Her newest book is My Old Faithful. Evoking both the drama of familial intimacy and the ups and downs of the everyday, My Old Faithful introduces readers to a close-knit Chinese family. These ten interconnected short stories, which take place in China and the United States over a thirty-year period, merge to paint a nuanced portrait of family life, full of pain, surprises, and subtle acts of courage. Richly textured narratives from the mother, the father, the son, and the daughters play out against the backdrop of China's social and economic change. With quiet humor and sharp insight into the ordinary, Yang Huang writes of a father who spanks his son out of love, a brother who betrays his sister, and a young woman who dares bring a brown man home to her conservative parents. She writes of an aging wife and the kindness she shows a young prostitute caught soliciting her husband; of a woman returning to China after many years to find her country changed in ways both expected and startling. This collection, by a writer who grew up in Jiangsu province and participated in the 1989 student uprisings, is remarkable in its sense of place and fidelity to lived human experience. Yang Huang grew up in China and came to the U.S. to study computer science. While working as an engineer, she attended Boston College and earned an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her collection of linked family stories, My Old Faithful, won the Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her debut novel Living Treasures won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction. Her essays, stories, and screenplay have appeared in Poets & Writers, Literary Hub, The Margins, Eleven Eleven, Asian Pacific American Journal, The Evansville Review, Stories for Film, and others. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works for the University of California at Berkeley. To learn more about Yang and her writing, visit www.yanghuang.com or follow her on Twitter: @yangwrites.Special Guest: Yang Huang.