Ken Liu is an influential translator of Chinese-language science fiction and an award winning author of original speculative fiction as well. His readers routinely observe that Liu draws on his Chinese heritage for world building and plot development. Less remarked upon are parallels between Liu’s creative process and modular production within Chinese literary and material culture. In this article, I explore these parallels through Liu’s wide-ranging fiction. The intent is not to pigeonhole Liu as a distinctly Chinese or Chinese American author – he has rejected such labels himself – but to universalize models of Chinese creative expression.
"The Modular Fiction of Ken Liu,"
Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies: Vol. 12, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/aaldp/vol12/iss1/7