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On Skeleton Women and the female spy in China

Theme Book:

Skeleton Women

Speaker / Author:

Dr Mingmei Yip

Moderator: Ms Evelyn Ng (Co-Convenor of Women's Studies Research Centre, HKU)

Date :

7 February 2013 (Thursday)

Time :

7:15 - 9:00 pm

Venue :

Main Library, The University of Hong Kong

Language :




About the Talk

Book Cover of On Skeleton Women and the female spy in China

Qin musician and novelist Mingmei Yip’s new and fourth novel is Skeleton Women, a Chinese phrase for femmes fatales. The novel tells the story about three women -- Camilla, a nightclub singer who has been forced to become a spy, Shadow a magician who jumps naked off a tall building, and a gender-ambiguous gossip columnist. All must scheme in order to survive the gang wars in lawless 1930s Shanghai.


In this event, Dr Yip will discuss the theme of her novels (with focus on Skeleton Women), how she incorporated Chinese culture into her work, and how she got published by a major New York Publisher.

Following the talk, Yip will read excerpts from Skeleton Women and Song of the Silk Road, and sign copies.

Her other novels are: Song of the Silk Road (2011), Petals from the Sky (2010), and Peach Blossom Pavilion (2008,5th printing).

Yip’s novels have been translated into nine languages so far. Their Chinese version will come out February 2013 both in Taiwan and China.





About the Speaker / Author

Photo of Mingmei Yip

Mingmei Yip grew up in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States in 1992.


Her debut novel, Peach Blossom Pavilion, tells the story of the last in the Chinese tradition of poet-musician-courtesans, published by Kensington in 2008, is now in its fifth printing. Her new and fifth novel will be Nine Fold Heaven, coming out June 2013. Mingmei's Chinese Children's Favorite Stories, which she both wrote and illustrated, was published in 2004 by Tuttle. Her new and second children's book is Grandma Panda's China Storybook, coming out March 2013.


Mingmei has appeared on over 60 TV and radio programs in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and the United Sates, as well as many newspaper interviews. She has published five prior books in Chinese and wrote columns for seven major Hong Kong newspapers. Her song lyrics have been published and performed in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the U. S.


Mingmei received her Ph. D. from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. In Hong Kong, she held faculty appointments at the Chinese University and Baptist University and has published over forty scholarly articles.


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