From Empress Wu Zetian to the manly man Xi Jinping
Linda Jaivin is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction that range from the cult classic novel Eat Me to The Monkey and the Dragon, a memoir and biography of the Taiwan pop star Hóu Déjiàn 侯德健, who played a key role in the 1989 protest in Beijing. Her most recent book is The Shortest History of China, which crams the country’s many thousands of years of history into just 288 pages.
For SupChina, I spoke to her about this week’s news from China, Eileen Gu, the metaverse, and her new book.
Here is an abridged and edited transcript on SupChina.