2013 Journey Prize Finalist

Journey Prize 25

Doretta Lau
For "How does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?"

Published by Event

Doretta Lau

About the Story

Brimming with restless energy, “How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?” is a sometimes provocative portrait of adolescent angst and rebellion set among a gang of “dragoons” growing up in Vancouver. It vividly brings to life a twenty-first-century culture clash and illuminates the struggles, and alienation, of Chinese youth – whether from Hong Kong or the Mainland – now living in “Lotus Land.” Doretta Lau’s story positively hums, the language a well-shaken cocktail of influences ranging from hip-hop and Asian cinema to Chinese history and “the slang of the West.” As vibrant and colourful as graffiti. 

About the Author 

Doretta Lau is a journalist who covers arts and culture for Artforum, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia, and Bazaar Art Hong Kong. She completed an MFA in Writing at Columbia University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in EVENT, Grain, Prairie Fire, PRISM international, Ricepaper, subTerrain, and Zen Monster. She divides her time between Vancouver and Hong Kong, where she is at work on a novel and a screenplay. In 2014, her short story collection will be published by Nightwood Editions.





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