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菜籽命,FATE OF SEEDS: THE SOUTHERN CHINA TOWN
Sept. 22, 2020
Author:
Julia (Qinghong) Zheng
Category:
Non-fiction: Memoir
Description:
A girl from southeastern China, Li was sent away at the age of one by her parents so her mother could get pregnant again, in hopes of having a boy under the one-child policy. At age nineteen, Li had to take her senior year in high school over again so she could redo her college entrance exam, in hopes of being accepted into a university. At age twenty-three her parents arranged for her to marry someone she had no feelings for and even disliked. At age twenty-five she was pushed to have a baby right after suffering a miscarriage, and when her son was born premature and placed in a hospital incubator, her father-in-law said, “Let’s get rid of this baby and make a new one.” At age thirty, Li wanted to get a divorce but, forbidden by her father and unable to get custody of her son, she had no choice but to wait in hopes of a better opportunity in the future.

Li is my sister, a girl with a heart of gold but the fate of a pickle.

“A girl’s fate is like a vegetable seed and marriage the soil,” my mother has told me since I was a little girl. “A seed planted in good soil, grows strong; planted in bad soil, it grows weak.” Marriage in our village is never a choice, but a passive obligation. As far as my parents were concerned, my sister, Li’s desperation to get out of her arranged marriage to a man she did not love, is a social disgrace, and should not be pursued.

I decided to tell her story and describe life in my home town after a trip back to China for the New Year with my family in 2019. A “leftover” - an unmarried woman at age thirty two - I, too, am a humiliation that puts our parents ill at ease.

Fate of Seeds: The Southern China Town is a family saga of tears and tragedies; a memoir of sisterhood’s love and unbreakable bond, and of a journey that was both challenging and hopeful.

It offers a close up on rural Chinese life today, taking you to a backward southeastern China village where people believe in the temple gods, have rice, pork, and vegetables every day, call most villagers with nicknames, think a slim figure with dark skin tone is unattractive, prefer boys to girls, discriminate against those with disabilities and mental illness, arrange marriages for their adult children, treat dogs as a loveless door guards, consider homosexuals aberrations and treat sex like a forbidden topic.

It contains characters like my male chauvinist father and Uncle Pian, a henpecked husband; My loving, caring mother and Aunt Yuyin, a controlling, greedy parent. Model child bride wife Xiuzi and Guiyin, a selfish gossip. Fenmian, part of the frugal, saving, older generation, living paycheck to paycheck, and personal trainer Liyun, part of the new, younger generation. Cousin Daxia, a filial daughter who absolutely obeys and Cousin Xiaoron, who rebels in shame. Uncle Longnan who drinks like a fish and smokes like a chimney and my brother Xi who eats healthy food and works out regularly.

At a time when so much news about China focuses on the country’s stellar economic transformation, Fate of Seeds: The Southern China Town paints a picture of a very different China, the backward way of life that still exists in so many of the country’s small villages.
Other Information:
I am a Chinese native who has been living and working in America for the last six years. One of the few females from my village to go on to college, I graduated from Nanchang University with a bachelor degree majoring in English. I taught English in China before moving to the United States. A trip back to China in 2019 prompted me to write this book.
I am looking for an agent or a publisher for my book. It is complete with approximately 115,500 words. If you are interested, please contact me through my email: enigma8712@gmail.com
Contact:
Julia Zheng
enigma8712@gmail.com
phone: 7816643113
Offering #:
16605
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