Monday, September 26, 2011

Reader's Diary #763- Song Zelai (translated by Nancy Tsai): Jingzhen, Taiwan 1978


This week another story choice inspired by the Amazing Race. The 19th season started on Sunday with contestants first making their way to Taiwan.

From Song Zewai comes "Jingzhen, Taiwan 1978," the title referring to the setting. Basically it's a story of two competitors, Wu Quan, a self made businessmen and Ding Yen, who was born into wealth and business savvy. It's at a time when rumours abound that the U.S. is threatening to no longer recognize Taiwan. Consequently the Taiwanese markets are crashing. As people start to panic, selling off assets, moving, and investing in gold, Ding Yen makes a move to use fear and paranoia to his advantage.

With the similarities to today's deteriorating markets and skittishness compounded by the fear mongering of the news media, I quite enjoyed this cautionary tale, though I was surprised that Zewai switched focus from Wu to Ding. It's not just a Canadian thing to root for the underdog, is it?

(Did you write a post for Short Story Monday? If so, please leave a link in the comments below.)

7 comments:

Chrisbookarama said...

That's a timely story.

I have 2 short stories this week from Edith Wharton:

http://www.chrisbookarama.com/2011/09/kerfolthe-house-of-dead-hand-by-edith.html

Julie @ Read Handed said...

Maybe a Western thing? I thought the underdog would come out on top, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I read a Zora Neale Hurston story today.

carolsnotebook said...

We missed the Amazing Race Sunday. My husband had to watch football.

I'm back to a mystery this week.

http://wp.me/pmP4i-3ji

Medea said...

This sounds very interesting. Taiwan is closer to me than Tokyo so I should know more about it.

I read a short story this week but it was a kids one, don't know if that's cheating!
http://medeafication.blogspot.com/2011/09/short-story-monday-down-at-beach.html?zx=a622a22ea037d380

John Mutford said...

Medea: It says permission denied when I try to follow your link.

Teddy Rose said...

This review of your is good timing for me. I just finished watching Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. I just added it to me Kobo, thanks!

Here's my short: http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2011/09/doll-by-daphne-du-maurier.html

Medea said...

Oops, sorry I don't know what happened.

http://perogiesandgyoza.blogspot.com/2011/09/short-story-monday-down-at-beach.html
That should work!