TALES OF MING COURTESANS



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Author Interviews:

China Underground Interview (April 30, 2020)


The Vancouver Sun Interview (June 1, 2020)


Passages to the Past Interview (June 8, 2020) 


Asian Books Blog Interview (June 16, 2020)

 

A Writer of History (Guest Post July 16, 2020)



Brief History of the Chinese Courtesan Culture


 

Backdrop to the Late-Ming 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.]

 

Collection of Blog Posts Re: Chinese Poets and Poetry


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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