Bowdoin Book Lecture: Belinda Kong Discusses "The Crazed" Oct. 11

  • 10/11/2012 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Cram Alumni House, Barn (Torrey Barn)
  • Event Type: Lecture

Bowdoin Book Lecture: Belinda Kong Discusses "The Crazed" Oct. 11

The Association of Bowdoin Friends is pleased to continue this program. All members of the community are invited to read a good book and hear an excellent Bowdoin College professor lecture on it. There will be an opportunity for questions. The event is free and open to the public. Just come, listen, and learn.


Ha Jin’s The Crazed by Belinda Kong, Associate Professor

of Asian Studies and English

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Torrey Barn (formerly Cram Barn), Cram Alumni House



“Ha Jin’s The Crazed (2002) is one of a growing corpus of fictions by Chinese diaspora writers on the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre. The novel follows a graduate student in literature in the spring of 1989 who, in the wake of his advisor’s stroke, is shaken out of his provincial life of study and propelled into the margins of national politics, ultimately becoming a witness to the tragedy in Beijing. Ha Jin, born in Liaoning in 1956, came to the United States as a graduate student in 1985 and decided to remain here after the Tiananmen Massacre. He now teaches at Boston University and is author of six novels, four short story collections, and three books of poetry.”- Belinda Kong.


Belinda Kong joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2005 and is associate professor of Asian studies and English. She teaches courses on contemporary Asian diaspora literature, with a focus on transnational Asian American and Chinese diaspora fiction. Her talk draws from her book, Tiananmen Fictions Outside the Square: The Chinese Literary Diaspora and the Politics of Global Culture (Temple University Press, 2012). Photo compliments of Random House, Inc.