Do Not Say We Have Nothing (novel)
I recently revisited Jan Wong’s Red China Blues, one of my all-time favourite memoirs about journalism and identity. The climax covering the Tiananmen Square Massacre is riveting, heart-wrenching prose. It’s time to readdress Jan Wong’s importance as one of the most important journalists in Canada. Her unfair treatment in 2006 following her coverage of Montreal's Dawson College shooting would be laughed at in today’s world. Madeleine Thien’s Giller prize-winning novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, is an epic time-spanning drama combining mythology and history into an evocative and beautiful meditation on memory and culture. My paternal family is from Shanghai, where the story is set, and this book brings me back to a past where I could imagine my family’s struggles. — Yung Chang
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