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CCCI: Yiyun Li opens up about abandoning her mother tongue in her writing

CCCI Yiyun Li

May 2017 - CCCI speaker Yiyun Li publishes New Yorker piece on living between China and the U.S.

When Yiyun Li was in Ithaca in February, she spoke to the CCCI audience about writing in her adopted language of English. In the May 8 issue of The New Yorker, Li’s story “A Small Flame” elegantly depicts the personal histories and relationships of people living between China and the U.S. The intimate acts of adoption and replacement again appear here as crucial tropes of the story. With literature’s unique capability to put in play the textures and complexities of living, the piece has plenty to teach us about our contemporary world, China, and people who live in both. 


CCCI Lecture Series: Yiyun Li (Professor of English, UC Davis) - "To Speak Is to Blunder but I Venture" (February 27, 2017)

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, the first nonfiction book by novelist and short story writer Yiyun Li, explores a life lived in reading and writing, with a writer's relationship with her mother country and mother tongue as a reoccurring theme. This talk is a writer's reflection on the decisions to migrate from one country to another, from one language to another, and from one profession to another.

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