Sophie Xiong


About Me

Sophie Xiong is currently studying Chinese-American relations in Nanjing to receive an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Affairs. Although her classes range from Ethnic Minorities in China to Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy, her thesis will study the similarities of female death in early 20th century writing by women such as Ding Ling and Bing Xin. She is also still currently working for Shenandoah: the Washington and Lee review. Recently she published a review. She also writes for the SAIS Observer as well. Her current article regards Hu Jie, the Chinese documentary-maker.

Sophie spent her summer at Shepherd's Field Children's Village, where mostly she was used to translate for Chinese-only speaking workers, children, and tourists and American staffers. Also, she was able to teach the children dance quite a few times.

Why do you write?

Anger is what drives me to write the most. Not only does it help me sort out where my anger should be exactly directed, but also gives me plenty of pages of slop. And a bunch of piles of slop is the perfect refuse to recycle into a short-short story.

Any favorite authors? Books?

My favorite authors are E.L Doctorow, H.P. Lovecraft, Joyce Carol Oates, Rod Smith, Bret Anthony Johnston, Flannery O'Connor, Edith Warton, William Faulkner, David Foster Wallace, George Bernard Shaw, Saul Bellow

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