TALES OF MING COURTESANS



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Author Interviews:

China Underground Interview (April 30, 2020)

The Vancouver Sun Interview (June 1, 2020)

Asian Books Blog Interview (June 16, 2020) 



Brief History of the Chinese Courtesan Culture




History Tidbits of the Pipa



[This is a brief introduction to the history of the Chinese classical plucked string instrument – the pipa 琵琶. In Tales of Ming Courtesans (coming soon!), two protagonists - peerless beauties Chen Yuanyuan 陳圓圓 and Li Xiangjun 李香君 - are both dazzling pipa players and kunqu singers in the glitzy Qinhuai pleasure district.]


History Tidbits of the Guqin



[This is a brief introduction to the history of the Chinese classical plucked string instrument, the “guqin” 古琴. In my soon-to-be-published historical novel Tales of Ming Courtesans, one of the protagonists, famed courtesan Liu Rushi 柳如是, is a skillful guqin player, apart from being a brilliant poetess and painter. In one scene, she smashes her guqin, which is a gift from one client, in a blinding fit of fury.]


Li Xiangjun and "The Peach Blossom Fan"



Liu Rushi's Paintings and Why I Feature Her in "Tales of Ming Courtesans":





One Version of Chen Yuanyuan's Story (in Chinese, from the Jin Yong Teahouse 金庸茶館):



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