China's post-80s generation, also known as Generation Y, is the first whose members have grown up entirely within the reformist era. To Western eyes, this generation of Chinese, who are highly engaged with the world, display the ambiguities and paradoxes associated with China's economic rise: They are both nationalistic and cosmopolitan, subservient and defiant, hedonistic and mundane, materialistic and aspirational. This volume brings together some of the most popular and influential writers of this generation, many of whom are largely unknown outside China. The short stories have been translated into English by a team of enthusiastic and skilled sinologists, and represent some of the "sweetest songs" that tell of the pains and dreams, frustrations and desires, crises and endeavors of this generation in urban China.
The Sound of Salt Forming
University of Hawaii Press
Short Stories by the Post-'80s Generation in China