Author Wang Ping to Visit Campus

Posted on October 30th, 2008 by

Wang Ping will visit Gustavus on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Wang Ping will visit Gustavus on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Gustavus Adolphus College will welcome author Wang Ping to campus Thursday, Nov. 6. Wang will read from several of her works from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center, located on the southern end of campus in the Linnaeus Arboretum. This event is free and open to the public.

Wang is the acclaimed author of the short story collection American Visa (1994), the novel Foreign Devil (1996), and two poetry collections, Of Flesh & Spirit (1998) and The Magic Whip (2003). More recently Wang published the traditional Chinese folk tale Emperor Dragon (2006), and a second collection of short stories titled The Last Communist Virgin (2007).

Born in Shanghai, China, Wang grew up on a small island in the East China Sea. After three years of farming in a mountain village, she attended Beijing University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature. In 1985 she left China to study in the United States and later earned her Ph.D. from New York University.

Wang is currently an associate professor of English at Macalester College in St. Paul, where she has been a faculty member since 1999. Her areas of study include creative writing, the Chinese-American immigrant experience, and foot binding, sexuality, and eroticism in Chinese culture.

This event is sponsored by the Gustavus English department, the Diversity Center, Gustavus Global Insight, and the Art and Art history department. For more information about this event, contact Associate Professor of English Laura Behling at 507-933-6090 or


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