1996 Book for the Teen Age, The New York Public Library. Seaweed's story, from Maoist China to her New York emigration. In this first collection of 11 linked stories, the intimate drama of one traditional Chinese family plays against the
Wang Ping was born in Shanghai and grew up on a small island in the East China Sea. After three years spent farming in a mountain village commune, she attended Beijing University. In 1985 she left China to study in the United States, earning her PhD from New York University. She is the acclaimed author of the short story collection American Visa, the novel Foreign Devil, two poetry collections: Of Flesh & Spirit and The Magic Whip, and the cultural study Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China.