Ha Jin captures nuances of immigrant experience in ’A Free Life’ – Full Story From The Boston Herald
Monday, November 12, 2007
Anyone who has undergone the life-changing experience of migrating to a new country can testify to the contradictory feelings that accompany the transition, of being invigorated by novelty and yet yearning for familiarity.
In his new novel, Ha Jin artfully captures this nuanced picture in telling the story of Nan Wu, a Chinese immigrant, and his wife Pingping and son Taotao.
Nan’s character borrows some details from Jin’s own life. They both came to the United States to pursue graduate studies at Brandeis University and realized after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre that they wouldn’t return to China.