Join Indiana University Bloomington Arts & Humanities Council to hear Ha Jin, a celebrated Chinese writer whose work explores the tensions between the individual and the family, the modern and the traditional, and personal feelings and duty. Jin earned a master’s degree in American literature from Shandong University in Qingdao and then enrolled at Brandeis University in Massachusetts.
After the Chinese government’s suppression of the 1989 student-led demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, Jin decided to remain in the United States and later became a U.S. citizen. Jin is author of two collections of poetry and two collections of short fictionstories, Ocean of Words, which received the PEN/Hemingway award, and Under the Red Flag (1997), which won the Flannery O’Connor Award. His novel, Waiting, won the National Book Award for fiction in 1999, as well as the PEN/Faulkner award. He also wrote the story collection The Bridegroom, which won the Asian American Literary Award, and two collections of poetry. He is a professor of English at Boston University.