Sorry, guys. I moved to Indiana and started graduate school and forgot that once upon a time I blogged for the Huffington Post. This has been rectified with my first post from Indiana, up today on the Books Page. Read it here if you feel so inclined.

Also, it did not go unnoticed that jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 8th. To someone who has been invested in the fight for exiled Chinese dissidents to the tune of multiple pieces of journalism and presentations at global conferences, it was a delightful piece of news in what can be, for some brave souls, a bleak world. The freedom I enjoy at an MFA program to write–the requirement, even, to do so, when others’ lives are imperiled for the same activity continues to stagger, worry, and humble me. This is a momentous event, and we have PEN America and Freedom to Write to thank for Mr. Xiaobo’s nomination and the attention given him over the last few years. The fight for human rights is never over, but there are moments of hope, like October 8th, when worldwide twitter topics had “LiuXiaobo” at the top of the list.

Happy autumn,
Ming

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