Shen Zulian

'The Woman Who Hammered Melon Seeds' a short story by Shen Zulian

December 1992, no. 147 01 December 1992
While most people were looking forward to the Mid-autumn Festival, she was hoping it wouldn’t come quite so quickly. However, it didn’t really matter what anybody thought, mid-autumn gradually loomed closer and closer. Closer and closer. She couldn’t help but work faster with her little hammer – tap-tap-crack, tap-tap-crack. A square stool, a quarter of a brick, a small hammer. The small ... (read more)

'The Two Necklaces' by Shen Zulian

December 1992, no. 147 01 December 1992
This woman was so happy she couldn’t think of anything else. He had gone to a southern pearling town. Everyone says that western pearls aren’t as good as eastern pearls, and that eastern pearls aren’t as good as southern pearls. A trip to Hepu, a pearling town famous for its southern pearls, wasn’t to be made in vain. Naturally, there was the chance to do a bit of sight-seeing in town, to ... (read more)