By Val Wang

Val Wang is an author and multimedia storyteller. Her memoir, Beijing Bastard, was recently released in paperback.

  1. She was a mesmerizing storyteller, with an eye for the lurid detail and a sense for just how much to exaggerate. I had her repeat her stories over and over again, as children do. They were touchstones in a vast, confusing universe. Her experiences and those of our counterparts in Pine Valley roiled beneath the surface of my quiet suburban childhood.

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