About Wang Ping

Wang Ping was born in Shanghai and came to USA in 1986. She is the founder and director of the Kinship of Rivers project, a five-year project that builds a sense of kinship among the people who live along the Mississippi and Yangtze Rivers through exchanging gifts of art, poetry, stories, music, dance and food. She paddles along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, giving poetry and art workshops along the river communities, making thousands of flags as gifts and peace ambassadors between the Mississippi and the Yangtze Rivers.
Her publications include Ten Thousand Waves, poetry book from Wings Press, 2014, American Visa (short stories, 1994), Foreign Devil (novel, 1996), Of Flesh and Spirit (poetry, 1998), The Magic Whip (poetry, 2003), The Last Communist Virgin (stories, 2007), all from Coffee House, New Generation: Poetry from China Today, 1999 from Hanging Loose Press, Flash Cards: Poems by Yu Jian, co-translation with Ron Padgett, 2010 from Zephyr Press. Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China (2000, University of Minnesota Press, 2002 paperback by Random House) won the Eugene Kayden Award for the Best Book in Humanities. The Last Communist Virgin won 2008 Minnesota Book Award and Asian American Studies Award. She had many multi-media exhibitions: “Behind the Gate: After the Flooding of the Three Gorges” at Janet Fine Art Gallery, and “All Roads to Lhasa” at Banfill-Lock Cultural Center, and “Kinship of Rivers” at the Soap Factory in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Great River Museum in Illinois, Fireworks Press at St. Louis, Great River Road Center at Prescott, Wisconsin, Emily Carr University in Vancouver, University of California Santa Barbara, and many other places. She collaborated with the British filmmaker Isaac Julien on Ten Thousand Waves, a film installation about the illegal Chinese immigration in London. She is the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Artist Fellowship, Lannan Foundation Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the McKnight Artist Fellowship.
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www.kinshipofrivers.org

Positions

Present Professor of English, Macalester College
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Research Interests

Creative writing, poetry and fiction, The Chinese-American immigrant experience, Footbinding, sexuality and eroticism in Chinese culture, Women in modern China, Chinese migrant workers and industrialization, Environmental issues, and Photography

Honors and Awards

  • : Best Book for the Teen Age selection, New York Public Library, 1994, for _American Visa_
  • National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for poetry, 1995
  • New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships for poetry, 1997
  • New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships for translation, 1997
  • Eugene M. Kayden Book Award for the Best Book in the Humanities, 2001, for _Aching for Beauty : Footbinding in China_
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship for Fiction, 2001
  • Bush Artist fellowship for Poetry, 2003
  • The Loft Career Initiative grant, 2003
  • Minnesota Book Award finalist, 2004, for _The Magic Whip_


Contact Information

Old Main 217, (651) 696-6512

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