One of the more frequent conversations I’ve had since arriving in Europe is if I plan on consistently having strong, complex female characters at the center of my books. And the answer is: Yes, because there are not enough complicated female characters represented in art and culture, there can always be more, and it is a feminist act to do so.
Please join us in wishing Gish Jen a happy birthday — she was born on Long Island, New York on this day in 1955.
To have no particular aim was to open grand possibilities; even at her know-nothing age, she knew that.
― Gish Jen, Who’s Irish?: Stories
Gish Jen, hooray!