Born in China in 1956, Ha Jin grew up in a small town in Liaoning Province, which borders the Korean Peninsula. At the age of 14, he volunteered to serve in the People’s Liberation Army. After leaving the army, he studied English and American literature at universities in Harbin and Shandong, China. In 1985, he came to the United States to do graduate work at Brandeis University, where he earned a Ph.D. in English in 1993. He is currently a professor of English at Boston University.
Ha Jin has been praised for the spare, quiet beauty of his prose, his vivid rendering of local details, and his delicate balancing of personal and political themes in his stories. “Jin has the kind of effortless command that most writers can only dream about,” writes the New York Times Magazine. A prolific and versatile writer, he has published several volumes of poetry and short stories, and the novels In the Pond, Waiting, and The Crazed. He has received many honors for his literary works, including the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.
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