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Hi! I'm Shuyan

I am an author of four books and the founder of GreenTea Chinese. I grew up in the Changbai Mountain of northeastern China, which was a virgin forest. When I was a little girl, I often roamed alone in the woods. Those ancient trees, black land, and gentle breezes were my first teacher, who cultivated in me a wild imagination and a general heart and is always on my mind. Later, I received a traditional and regular education. When I compare my wild days in the woods with my school education, I would say both are important, and the former is probably more valuable. Nature gave me a unique inner world and traditional education built a channel for me to express myself. Here I’d love to share my stories with you, listen to your stories and all kinds of interesting stories in the world. In such telling and listening, I wish you to learn Chinese well.

 

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作家,绿茶中文创始人。我在长白山长大,那是一片原始森林。当我还是孩子的时候,我经常一个人去树林里玩。那些千年的树,油黑的泥土,阵阵的轻风就是我的导师。他们给了我无限暇想,教我宽厚,这些一直珍藏在我的心中。后来,我接受了传统的教育,但拿我在林间自由疯跑和学院教育相比,我认为两者都很重要,也许前者更加珍贵。大自然给了我一个特殊的内心世界,传统教育打造了一条路,让我知道怎么表达我自己。在这里我想跟你们分享我的故事,聆听你们的故事和世界上各种有趣的故事。在讲述和聆听中,希望你们学好中文。

 

Different from most Disney stories about animals in which humans talk through animals about human plot, ideas, and emotions, The Daughter of T-rex has birds talking in human language about the emotions, ideas, and plot of animals. This novel is about birds, primarily about a hen called Little Redface: her wish to be left alone by her sisters, her longing for love and freedom, her desire to fit in, her need for security and survival, and her dilemma to fight humans or to reconcile. 

Obviously, our human experiences teem with similar occurrences and conflicts, and so Little Redface’s story coincide with ours in more ways than one. Therefore, this novel is not only about birds; especially Little Redface’s questions about love and freedom, her choices between fight and tolerance, and how humans can live with nature and other animals harmoniously, these are more of human contemplation and hesitation. The author, Shuyan Chi, is an immigrant who came to the states less than nine years ago, and it is not hard to see in Little Redface’s story her own reflections on the new life in this brave new world.

Kang Liao, Ph.D.