Evelyn NienMing Chien

Senior Books Editor

Evelyn Nien-Ming Ch’ien researches the Republican period in China and has recently held the position of distinguished practitioner at Stanford University. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco. In the past she has been a Fulbright senior research fellow and a tenured associate professor at the University of Minnesota. She was awarded a Marie Curie Sklodowska fellowship for her work while based at Jean-Moulin Université Lyon III in Lyon, France. Among her publications are Weird English (Harvard UP, 2004) and the Annotated Poetry of Liao Entao (Guangdong Free People's Press, 2016).


Making the Case for Expertise

An Interview with Suki Kim

In the world of fiction, immigrant voices are recognized and lauded as aesthetic pleasures: this year, by the Pulitzer, that of Viet Nguyen, in the past, those of Jhumpa Lahiri, and Junot Díaz. But in the world of reporting and academic studies, where an authoritative voice about the truth is required, the glass ceiling looms.

Demons, Monkeys and Sticks

An Interview with F.C. Yee

On a sunny morning on San Francisco’s iconic Cole Street, I met up with F.C. Yee, the author of the young adult novel The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (Amulet Books​, 2017). This confident, well-spoken, first-time author, who holds a day job at a mobile games company, has crafted a pioneering novel that reworks Asian legends and myths into a South Bay high school setting.

Smoke, Mirrors and Ghosts: Ed Lin on Writing and His New Thriller 'Incensed'

Ed Lin's 'Incensed'

Ed Lin’s writing about Taiwan has created a new genre of thriller, gratifying readers eager to know more about Taiwanese contemporary life. With his psychedelic descriptions of Taipei night markets, alternative rock scenes gambling spots, as well as occasional country drives though the island, Lin traces panoramic routes for his protagonists and the crimes they follow. His writing is sparse but rhythmic, reflecting his other talent of playing the bass guitar.