Academic journal article Hecate

Interview with Yu

Academic journal article Hecate

Interview with Yu

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you said you come from china i did but why you write in english well it's just a matter of preference i guess what did you write poetry fiction nonfiction or other things i wrote some poems did you publish any not at all why not well i don't know i just never sent them but don't you know that saying: publish or perish yes we have a similar chinese saying that rhymes well in chinese but not in english which goes: go published or go mouldy why you never sent any because well because they were not worth my while i see you are a very proud man i try not to be or sound at least modest not in your poetry though not really what do you write about in your poetry shit nothing but shit that's not nice i'm only telling you the truth for that's what a famous academic said when he read some i sent him i mean he never told me to my face he told someone else for example his wife or friends you know that kind of thing how do you know i think that's getting too personal sorry can i ask why do you not write in chinese your own language i do not own a language i mean your own language i see yes i do but i ask why do not write in that language but i said that i do well i guess what i want to know is do you publish any in that language as well why not because you did not send any oh no why i mean it's not my language for one thing and for another i have no control over what they want to publish or not you sound very dismal i was born in a dismal weather let's ask you another question how do you like australia not bad can do you describe in one word the strongest impression australia makes on you women like men like men like animals like men and women how do you mean that's how well let's drop this and ask what do you think of australia's relations with asia again in a word if you like asia not like australia not like asia but has to like asia that has not to like australia that's better and your view of the chinese in australia all traitors really all want to renounce their nationality and become australian citizens good on them can't you let me finish my words decently sorry all want to renounce their nationality and become australian citizens before going back to their country of origin and enjoy the best of both worlds because they are australian in china and chinese in australia is that what you want too who knows if i might not want to be a martian renouncing all my rights to live on this hell of a world because they don't publish my things well well you will you will who do you think you are some publisher of christian brotherhood you sound so bitter i am you know what we have a melon called literally bitter melon and we all like its bitter taste that's not the point that's exactly the point i am making i mean i am a bitter person like a bitter melon you have to like me for my bitterness otherwise? …

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