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Native Chinese Speakers consulted:
Lin, Eva. Researcher at Genentech
Tian, Hua. Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Oklahoma State. Postdoc in Biochemistry, Harvard. Researcher, UCSF
Wang, Gina Xiaojing. Researcher at Genentech
Zhou, Angela. Researcher at Genentech
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Plus many conversations and scribbled-upon napkins and whiteboards with a variety of native Chinese speakers.
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (1988).
(There are two stories, roughly an hour apart, that involve women and snakes in this video. The first has illustrations accompanying, and it tells of a woman who decides to marry out of her community. Her new husband disappears at night and a snake shows up, slides onto her lap, and she is ordered by it to pick off the lice. (I’m not making this up, watch the video.) As my husband said, “What snake would have lice?” Only one with pubic hair. When the man comes back, he says, “Were you afraid of me in my snake form?” Hmm….Campbell has a little smile, but the obvious phallic imagery of this is never discussed. Nor is it discussed the second time a snake/woman/man disappearing story happens. It’s the elephant in the room. Or the snake with lice. Freud would have had a heyday, but Campbell and Moyer never mention it. Why? Because we’re hesitant to acknowledge sexual situations for fear we will be accused of projecting our own prurient interests. But sex is what got us here so far, and myth is full of it. The more we recognize our base behavior, the more able we are to rise above it.)
Fiction and previous readings which have informed my work:
Carroll, Lewis. (All his fiction; I’m a fan of Charles Dodgson’s.)
Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot
Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying
Faulker, William. Sound and the Fury
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Phillips , John Aristotle. Mushroom: The story of the A-bomb kid
Platt, Kin. Sinbad and Me
See, Lisa. Snow Flower and The Secret Fan