Shouhua Qi

Shouhua Qi believes that "a story must be exceptional enough to justify its telling" (Thomas Hardy) and that creativity comes from "the abrasive juxtaposition" of life experiences (Mario Capecchi).

Qi's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Feminist Studies, AMBIT, The Connecticut Review, Rain Flower, and many other publications. He is the author of "Twin-Sun River: An American POW in China" (2011), "Purple Mountain: A Story of the Rape of Nanking" (2010), "Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories" (2007), "Pearl Jacket and Other Stories" (translator/editor, 2008), "Bridging the Pacific: Searching for Cross-Cultural Understanding Between the United States and China" (2000), and more than ten other books.

His latest scholarly endeavors include "The Bronte Sisters in Other Wor(l)ds" (as co-editor and contributing author; 2014) and "Western Literature in China and the Translation of a Nation" (2012), both published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Shouhua Qi is Professor of English at Western Connecticut State University.


  • "The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories is full of short-shorts with . . . biting irony or crisp, cruel social criticism. However, it also shares with the readers moments of calm, tenderness, and even humor."
    The Globe Corner Bookstore (Employee Pick)
  • "The Pearl Jacket is a panoramic palette of styles, subjects, and historical eras, yet somehow all still distinctly Chinese. This is a consistently rewarding anthology of short short fiction, with pleasant surprises on every page."
    Tom Hazuka, co-editor, Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories
  • "Qi's stories of post-Cultural Revolution China gloriously join the lineage of Chekhov. With unadorned prose and utmost compassion. . . . Red Guard Fantasies offers glimpses of How to Be Chinese now that instructions from the Little Red Book no longer apply."
    Gloria Frym, author of Distance No Object and Homeless at Home
  • "This collection is sure to enchant flash fiction fans around the globe, the selections perhaps best savored pearl by pearl."
    "This collection is sure to enchant flash fiction fans around the globe, the selections perhaps best savored pearl by pearl." Jennifer Feeley, Ohio State University MCLC Resource Center Publication, on Pearl Jacket
  • ". . . a splendid portrayal of Chinese culture, tradition, history and humanity, and of love, which overruns and transcends the horror."
    Don Dallas, Milford (CT) Sunday News, on When the Purple Mountain Burns
  • "...incorporates Vautrin and Rabe into [the] story, and the sections narrated by them are among the novel's most compelling."
    Andrea Ligenfelter, International Examiner