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.
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.