Entry: Crows/ Wuya - Jiu Dan Thursday, February 08, 2007



Crows or Wuya is a translated Chinese novel penned by the controversial writer from Beijing, Jiu Dang who depicted the life of Chinese women who flocked into Singapore with high hopes to get hitched by the Singaporean men. Singapore is viewed as the land of promise that symbolizes a hope out of poverty for these Chinese women. The Chinese women then had to be butterflies of the night to support themselves while, during the day, they went to English language schools to study.

The novel evoked controversial issues in both the mainland of China and Singapore as the public did not agree with the portrayal of Jiu Dan of Chinese women in Crows. That not all Chinese women resort to entertaining men at night just to lead a comfortable life in Singapore.

Rating: *** ( Very straight-forward and simple )

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Did you read the book in Chinese or the English version?

I read reviews of the book in Asian Week that were dated in 2001. At the time the book caused quite a stir. The author was reluctant to go on a book signing tour because she was afraid to meet angry Chinese women in both Singapore and China.

The author back then using her pen name Zhu Ziping had high hopes of becoming a very famous Chinese novelist. Do you know if she ever wrote another book. Her earlier books did not do so well. Thanks for any and all info. (daviscupper@yahoo.com)

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