Unchained Maple Melody: Interviews with Chinese Canadian Writers
――加拿大英语剧作家陈泽桓采访录 / 1
――加拿大女作家葛逸凡访问记 / 31
－－访加拿大最高文学奖总督奖得主弗莱德·华教授 / 50
――和加拿大双语作家、滑铁卢大学孔子学院院长李彦的对话 / 63
－－走进新锐作家黎喜年博士的神话世界 / 90
――专访加拿大汉学家、阿尔伯达东亚系梁丽芳教授 / 111
――华裔作家林婷婷畅谈菲华文学和北美华人文学 / 129
――与加拿大华裔作家刘慧琴（阿木）的笔谈录 / 147
－－与作家、诗人、影视编导汪文勤在一起 / 237
――访加拿大中国笔会会长、青年作家曾晓文 / 274
――访加拿大获奖评论家、双语作家赵廉博士 / 308
加拿大华人文学概貌及其在中国的接受 / 323
《枫语心香：加拿大华裔作家访谈录》（第一辑）之评论 / 347
I congratulate Zhao Qingqing for her highly creative Unchained Maple Melody: Interviews with Chinese Canadian Writers. It offers profiles of 15 Canadian writers of Chinese origin and delves into their experience of multiculturalism in Canada. I hope that Chinese readers will benefit from the many rich insights the book offers about the lived experiences of these talented writers who bridge two cultures.
Ambassador of Canada, Beijing
赵庆庆，南京大学外语部副教授，南京大学加拿大研究中心副主任，江苏省台港暨海外华文文学研究会理事，加拿大华人文学学会发起人之一兼委员，加拿大华裔作家协会和加中笔会会员兼联络代表。曾获得南京大学英美文学硕士、加拿大阿尔伯达大学（University of Alberta）比较文学硕士学位。
New Book by Prof. Zhao Qingqing
Unchained Maple Melody
Interviews with the Chinese Canadian Writers
About the Book
This book is the first of its kind to present the author's vivid sequential interviews with fifteen major Chinese Canadian writers who write in English, Chinese, or bilingually. Being a researcher of Canadian literatureand a creative writer herself, Zhao Qingqing probes deep into the colorful and insightful inner worlds of these writers. Empathizing with their struggle against marginalization and their need for freedom, the author creates an open and honest exchange of stories, memories and revelations in their quest for cultural identity.
Contributors to this publication include Marty Chan, Judy Fong Bates, Yih-Fan Wang, Prof. Fred Wah, Yan Li, Dr. Larissa Lai,Prof. Laifong Leung, Susie L. Tan, Lily Liu, Paul Lo,Tommy W. K. Tao, Wenqin Wang, Xiaowen Zeng, Ling Zhang and Dr. Lien Chao.
As a symbol of nature, promise and shared culture, the maple tree bestows upon this book a beacon of hope for those who seek a sense of identity. When the maples let out their melody to the world for the first time, may their song never be silenced again.
About the Author
Zhao Qingqing is an Associate Professor and Vice-Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at Nanjing University, China. She is also the co-founder of the Societyfor Chinese Canadian Literature Studies. She holds a MA in English and American Literature from Nanjing University and a MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta.
Her publications include Nathaniel Hawthorne (1998), Stars over the Rostrum (2008), a few co-compiled dictionaries, and over thirty papers on Canadian literature and overseas Chinese literature. Besides, she has participated in the writing ofThe History of China-Canada Literary Exchanges, a project supported by China’s Social Sciences Fund.
She has obtained the Excellence Scholarship from the University of Alberta, nine Teaching and Research Awards from Nanjing University, and Special Awards for Canadian Studies from the Canadian Embassy in China.
A Message from David Mulroney, Canadian Ambassador in China
Preface by Prof. Cao Huimin, Suzhou University, Dean of the Overseas Chinese Literature Institute, China
Preface by Prof. Laifong Leung, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta, Canada
Interviews with the Chinese Canadian Writers
A Life for the Stage
Interview with Marty Chan, an Edmonton-based playwright long acclaimed as a “local talent”, a star at the Fringe Festival, and winner of the Adams Chinese Theatre Award from Harvard University. / 1
Canadian Town Saga
Interview with Judy Fong Bates, a Chinese Canadiancontemporary of Alice Munro, but more culturally hybridized. / 18
Morning Star Unexplored
Interview with Yih-Fan Wang, a writer and doctor’s wife who came from Taiwan to Canada with her groundbreaking novel on the Canadian Pacific Railway and postwar nightmares. / 31
How Have I Become Mr. In-Between?
Interview with Prof. Fred Wah, a Governor General’s Award Laureate in poetry, writer of over 20 books of poetry, fiction, and literary criticism, and a Caucasian with a quarter of Chinese blood. / 50
Daughter of the Red Land
Interview with Yan Li, an award-winning bilingual writer and Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo, Canada. / 63
Margin and Myth
Interview with Dr. Larissa Lai, an English professor at the University of British Columbia, poet and writer, whose works include the critically acclaimed novels When Fox Is a Thousand and The Salt Fish Girl, as well as some experimental poetry books. / 90
Trauma Memoir about the Cultural Revolution in China
Interview with Prof. Laifong Leung, a sinologist from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta and the founding Vice-President of the Chinese Canadian Writers’ Association. / 111
More Than a Jasmine
Interview with Susie L. Tan, an awarded bilingual Canadian writer of Chinese descent from the Philippines, who has been seeking a cultural homeland all her life. / 129
Odyssey in the Country of Maples
Interview with Lily Liu, a strong-minded writer and translator, graduate from Peking University in China, who has never abandoned her dream since she landed in Canada with her three children and only $50 in 1977. / 147
Pioneer of the Chinese Canadian Writing Via the Newspaper
Interview with Paul Lo, founding President of the Chinese Canadian Writers’ Association and creator of the modern literary column in TheChinese Times, the oldest Chinese newspaper in Canada with eighty-five years of history. / 183
The Dragonfly and the Lotus
Interview with Tommy Tao, a lawyer, essayist, award-winning translator and the first to translate into English and publish a selection of the classical Chinese poems by Florence Chia-ying Yeh, Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. / 207
Travel and Look Afar Like a Camel
Interview with Wenqin Wang, a gifted writer, poet and filmmaker who resides in both Vancouver and Beijing. / 237
Sincerity Is the Best Policy.
Interview with Xiaowen Zeng, computerist, writer, and President of the Chinese Pen Society in Canada who pursued her Canadian dream after her American one was shattered. 274
Spark! Birth of The Gold Mountain Blues
Interview with Ling Zhang, an aural therapist in Toronto and one of the most prolific and popular Chinese Canadian writers. The movie based on her novel Aftershock was presented throughout China in 2010 and was in the running for an Academy Award nomination for the Best Foreign Movie. / 291
After the Silence Is Broken
Interview with Dr. Lien Chao, a bilingual writer and Gabrielle Roy Award winner for her monograph Beyond Silence: Chinese Canadian Literature in English (1997), the first of its kind. / 308
Chinese Canadian Literature in English, Chinese and French and Its Reception in China / 323
The First Unchained Maple Melody: Process and Acknowledgements / 338
Review on the Interviews / 347