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Lin, Sylvia Li-chun

Works: 96 works in 220 publications in 3 languages and 9,404 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Short stories  Thrillers (Fiction)  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Abstracts 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor
Classifications: PL2931.5.I18, 895.1352
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Sylvia Li-chun Lin
Retribution : the Jiling Chronicles by Yongping Li( )

12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Retribution opens with the raucous festivities surrounding the annual procession to honor the Bodhisattva Guanyin. Changsheng, the young wife of the Local coffin maker Liu Laoshi, is raped while making an offering to Guanyin in the hope of increasing her chances of bearing a son. Changsheng hangs herself following the attack, and Liu Laoshi exacts bloody vengeance on the rapist's own wife and favorite prostitute. This act of sexual violence and its retribution form the narrative pivot around which is woven a web of interconnecting stories, whose characters provide divergent perspectives on the rape and its aftermath
City of the queen : a novel of colonial Hong Kong by Shuqing Shi( )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After having been kidnapped from her home Huang, a young Chinese girl is sold into the prostitution trade in Hong Kong. Despite these cruel beginngs she survives and prospers to become a wealthy landowner. The novel also follows the lives of other family members and generations, giving us a broad look at Chinese and British cultures and colonialism
The lost garden : a novel by Ang Li( )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Lost Garden moves along two parallel lines. In one, we relive the family saga of Zhu Yinghong, whose father, Zhu Zuyan, was a gentry intellectual imprisoned for dissent in the early days of Chiang Kai-shek's rule. After his release, Zhu Zuyan literally walled himself in his Lotus Garden, which he rebuilt according to his own desires. Forever under suspicion, Zhu Zuyan indulged as much as he could in circumscribed pleasures, though they drained the family fortune. Eventually everything belonging to the household had to be sold, including the Lotus Garden. The second storyline picks up in modern-day Taipei as Zhu Yinghong meets Lin Xigeng, a real estate tycoon and playboy. Their cat-and-mouse courtship builds against the extravagant banquets and decadent entertainments of Taipei's wealthy businessmen. Though the two ultimately marry, their high-styled romance dulls over time, forcing them on a quest to rediscover enchantment in the Lotus Garden." -- Publisher's description
Representing atrocity in Taiwan : the 2/28 incident and white terror in fiction and film by Sylvia Li-chun Lin( )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the lifting of martial law in 1987, Taiwan has revisited this long-buried history through commemoration and narrative, cinema and remembrance. Drawing on a wealth of secondary theoretical material as well as her own original research, Sylvia Li-chun Lin conducts a close analysis of the formation of public and personal memories, the problems mired in the restoration of history, the possibility of knowing historical truth, and the thorny issue of accountability. Comparing her findings with works on the Holocaust, she underscores the dangers of trivializing the historical past and problematizes the notion of historical "closure" to raise the possibility that political expediency can sometimes impede progress toward true reconciliation." "This book, the first in English on the subject, offers a valuable matrix of comparison for studying the portrayal of atrocity in a specific locale, dealing with issues that are of particular importance wherever one group of citizens is oppressed, victimized, and persecuted at the hands of another, owing to ideological, religious, or ethnic differences. When regimes change, how do the victims regain their voice and reclaim their history without resorting to hysteria and vengeance? What and how do people learn through fictional and cinematic explorations of traumatic and contested events of the past? While shifts in governance necessitate a rethinking and rewriting of historical events, the process demands judicious deliberation to avoid a reversal of interpretive tyranny."--Jacket
Red poppies by Alai( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Story of the Maichi family, its powerful chieftain, his Han Chinese wife, his first son and presumptive heir, and his second, "idiot" son, the novel's narrator and unlikely hero. The time is the 1930s, the setting a stone fortress overlooking all the family rules. A feud breaks out with a neighboring chieftain; an emissary from the Chinese Nationalists comes to the Maichis' aid with tools of modern warfare. In exchange, fields of bright red poppies, valuable in the Nationalist-sponsored heroin trade, are to be planted instead of grain in a deal that makes the family even richer and earns them the enmity of nearly everyone."--Jacket
Three sisters by Feiyu Bi( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growing up in a post-Cultural Revolution-era Chinese village, three sisters among seven strive to change the course of their destinies by embracing respective views about dignity, seduction, and ambition
Apricot's revenge : a crime novel by Ying Song( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A business tycoon in China is found dead; he apparently suffered a heart attack while swimming. His body is washed onto a beach in a popular resort known as the Hawaii of the East. But soon it becomes clear that he was murdered. Three immediate beneficiaries of his death become the suspects: the vice president of the company, Zhou, who is in line to take over his position; his young widow, Zhu, who stands to inherit a huge amount of wealth; and his arch business rival, Hong, who is competing in a bid over a piece of hot property. Nie Feng, a young investigative reporter for a magazine, interviewed the victim just a few days before he died. Through his own research, Nie Feng discovers a new suspect who is not on the police's radar. Apricot's Revenge is an absorbing detective novel and more. Song Ying uses an ingenious plot to investigate social problems in modern China, which makes the book a profound and captivating read, leaving readers thinking long after reaching the last page"--
The moon opera by Feiyu Bi( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty years after turning to teaching after being spurned by her Chinese opera troupe for disfiguring her understudy with boiling water in a fit of jealous rage, Xio Yanqiu returns to the stage in a new version of the cursed opera, "The Moon Opera," fully believing that she has become transformed into the immortal moon goddess she is playing
Notes of a desolate man by Tianwen Zhu( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on homosexuals in Taiwan. The protagonists are two quite different men, one maintains a low profile, the other is an activist in Act-Up
The cook, the crook, and the real estate tycoon : a novel of contemporary China by Zhenyun Liu( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A darkly humorous novel of contemporary China. Liu Yuejin, a work site cook and small-time thief, searches for his stolen bag but finds another that contains a flash disk chronicling high-level corruption, which sets off a convoluted chase"--
I did not kill my husband : a novel by Zhenyun Liu( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To avoid China's one-child policy, Li Xuelian, divorced her husband intending to remarry after their second child is born. Only before they can, he marries another woman. Mad with rage, Li runs to the judge begging him to declare the divorce a sham so she may remarry and truly divorce the fool!"--
Someone to talk to : a novel by Zhenyun Liu( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tofu peddler Yang Baishun is a man of few words and few friends. Unable to find meaningful companionship, he settles for a marriage of convenience. When his wife leaves him for another man he is left to care for his five-year-old stepdaughter Qiaoling, who is subsequently kidnapped, never to be seen by Yang again. Seventy years later we find Niu Aiguo, who, like Yang, struggles to connect with other people. As Niu begins learning about his recently deceased mother's murky past it becomes clear that Qiaoling is the mysterious bond that links Yang and Niu. Originally published in China in 2009 and appearing in English for the first time, Liu Zhenyun's award-winning Someone to Talk To highlights the contours of everyday life in pre- and post-Mao China, where regular people struggle to make a living and establish homes and families. Meditating on connection and loneliness, community and family, Someone to Talk To traces the unexpected and far-reaching ramifications of seemingly inconsequential actions, while reminding us all of the importance of communication
Push open the window : contemporary poetry from China( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in 3 languages and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Forty-nine of China's finest contemporary poets are represented in this luminous bilingual anthology, produced as part of the National Endowment for the Arts' International Literary Exchanges. Profoundly influenced by the Cultural Revolution, the poets' work reflects the turmoil of that time—from the blunt and sharply focused political work of Bai Hua and Yu Jian to the hermetic images and landscapes of the Misty poets."--Publisher
Documenting Taiwan on film : issues and methods in new documentaries by Sylvia Li-chun Lin( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To date, there is but a handful of articles on documentary films from Taiwan. This volume seeks to remedy the paucity in this area of research and conduct a systematic analysis of the genre. Each contributor to the volume investigates the various aspects of documentary by focusing on one or two specific films that document social, political and cultural changes in recent Taiwanese history. Since the lifting of martial law, documentary has witnessed a revival in Taiwan, with increasing numbers of young, independent filmmakers covering a wide range of subject matter, in contrast to fiction films
The song of King Gesar by Alai( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set partly in ancient Tibetan society, where evil spirits mingle with the lives of humans, and partly in modern day Tibet, The Song of King Gesar tells of two lives inextricably entwined. Gesar, the youngest and bravest of the gods, has been sent down to the human world to defeat the demons that plague the lives of ordinary people and threaten to enslave them. Jigmed is a young shepherd, who is visited by dreams of Gesar, of gods and of ancient battles while he sleeps. So begins an epic journey for both the shepherd and the king. The wilful child of the gods will become Gesar, the warrior-king of Ling, and will unite the nation of Tibet under his reign. And Jigmed will learn to see his troubled country with new eyes, and, as the storyteller chosen by the gods, must face his own destiny
Remembering 1942 : and other Chinese stories by Zhenyun Liu( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The bestselling and award-winning author of novels satirizing contemporary China, Liu Zhenyun is also renowned for his short stories. Remembering 1942 showcases six of his best, featuring a diverse cast of ordinary people struggling against the obstacles--bureaucratic, economic, and personal--that life presents. The six exquisite stories that comprise this collection range from an exploration of office politics unmoored by an unexpected gift to the tale of a young soldier attempting to acclimate to his new life as a student and the story of a couple struggling to manage the demands of a young child. Another, about petty functionaries trying to solve a mystery of office intrigue, reads like a survival manual for Chinese bureaucracy. The masterful title story explores the legacy of the drought and famine that struck Henan Province in 1942, tracing its echoes in one man's personal journey through war and revolution and into the present. Each story is rich in wit, insight, and empathy, and together they bring into focus the realities of China's past and present, evoking clearly and mordantly the often Kafkaesque circumstances of contemporary life in the world's most populous nation"--
Red poppies by Alai( Recording )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in eastern Tibet in the middle of the last century the tale chronicles the waning days of the once-powerful Tibetan chieftains and the rise of the Communist Chinese state. The tale is narrated by the son of one of the most powerful chieftains, a son considered an idiot by his family. But this supposed idiot consolidates his family's power and wealth with peasant good sense and cunning. And cunning is what is required to survive in this brutal world, where tribal revenge is exacted by ordering decapitations and the cutting off of tongues and ears
Student aggression : prevention, management, and replacement training by Arnold P Goldstein( Book )

3 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in Chinese and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflecting and often paralleling aggression in the population at large, school violence and vandalism in the United States are escalating at an alarming rate. The response of the education establishment to this dangerous and costly trend has been to create energetic, constructive, and, in some cases, demonstrably successful programs. Designed specifically for school personnel, this volume comprehensively presents, in user-friendly detail, the primary techniques currently being employed to prevent and manage student aggression, as well as constructive alternatives to replace it. Paying special attention to issues that precipitate student violence, the book describes attitudes and situations that often contribute to episodes of aggressive behavior and outlines methods for management and prevention. Chapters discuss student-oriented interventions, such as psychological skills training, behavior modification, psychodynamic and humanistic interventions, and gang-oriented interventions. Recognizing school violence as a systems problem, the authors address ways to modify each of the elements that contribute to school violence. They offer detailed guidelines for changing the behavior of peers, school personnel, and family members, as well as ways to modify academic curricula and alter a school's physical features. In addition, they describe how to integrate administrative systems, security personnel, family members, community programs, and state and federal agencies into response and prevention networks. Extremely timely and relevant, this book is a valuable resource for school psychologists and social workers, counselors, teachers, administrators, security personnel, parents, and anyone else confronting school-related violence. It is useful in graduate-level courses focusing on the psychology of violence and aggressive behavior and the development and implementation of school and community safety programs
Shifu, you'll do anything for a laugh by Yan Mo( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of eight remarkable stories - the title work of which is being made into a film by the award-winning director of Red Sorghum, Zhang Yimou - Mo Yan shows why he is also China's leading writer of short fiction
The earnest mask by Nier Xi( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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City of the queen : a novel of colonial Hong KongRepresenting atrocity in Taiwan : the 2/28 incident and white terror in fiction and filmRed poppiesThree sistersThe moon operaNotes of a desolate manPush open the window : contemporary poetry from ChinaRed poppiesShifu, you'll do anything for a laugh
Alternative Names
Chun Lin, Sylvia Li-

Li-Chun Lin, Sylvia

Lin Li-chun

Lin, Lijun

Lin, Silvia Lichun


English (109)

Chinese (4)

Italian (1)