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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 28, 2004

Chinese Writer, Filmmaker Available As 2005 IP Writer-In-Residence

Chinese fiction writer, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker Ying Tang will serve as the 2005 International Programs Writer-in-Residence. Through this program, world-renowned writers travel around Iowa to conduct readings and workshops at K-12 schools, public libraries, senior centers and other public venues. There is no cost to sponsor a talk. Tang will be in Iowa Jan. 4 through Apr. 30, 2005, and was a participant in the world-famous International Writing Program (IWP) in fall 2004.

"This is a chance for Iowans to dialogue with a gifted international author about Chinese film, literature and culture first-hand," said Buffy Quintero, IP's outreach coordinator. "Our hope is that Ms. Tang's audiences will gain new perspectives on thinking about the world and literature, and be inspired to pursue their own writing and creative expression."

This program is made possible by the University of Iowa International Programs and through funding by the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and a Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

During her visits to various venues, Tang will read from her own works, talk about the art of writing and discuss her home culture, and the role of the writer in her culture and her own experiences in the United States. Among the more specific presentation topics are the following: self-censorship, Chinese metropolitan literature in the last decade, soul of Chinese poems and Chinese calligraphy's influence on traditional stories.

Tang is a prize-winning, widely anthologized writer, who has published more than a dozen novellas, four collections of short stories, and two novels. These works include novellas such as "Tell Laola I Love Her," which appeared in the Best Chinese Novellas of 2001"; "Wife from America," which won first prize for Stories Serialized in Newspapers and Magazines; "No Love in Shanghai" (2002); and "Senseless Journey" (2003).

The Chinese writer has also produced and directed for TV and film audiences, and has worked on several independent film ventures. She co-produced "Go for Broke," a film set in Shanghai about the trials and entrepreneurial spirit of workers laid-off from government owned factories in China. Tang is currently working on "Another China," a documentary film project about expatriate Chinese writers in New York, and a new novel.

For more information or to set up a workshop or speaking engagement, contact Quintero at 319-335-0345 or Or, visit the following Web site:

International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic program and dean for International Programs,  these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and  promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Writer: Po Li Loo

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.