First Language(s): Hakka Dialects, Mandarin, Cantonese
Second Language(s): English
Huina Zheng was born and grew up in China. She has worked as a college essay coach since graduating. Her stories were published in Variant Literature, Evocations Review, The Meadow, Ignatian Literary Magazine and other journals. She lives in Guangzhou, China with her husband and a daughter, and is pursuing online M.A. in English program at Arizona State University.
What was your favorite book as a child?
Stories of the Sahara by Sanmao.
What was the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?
To be able to express some feelings and thoughts that no other way can.
I'm not a verbal person, nor am I used to speaking my mind, but through stories, I build a literal world where I can safely and comfortably express my feelings.
What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?
In 2009 I quit my job and traveled alone in Yunnan province for a month. It might seem ordinary, but considering that Yunnan was one of the provinces where so many girls and women were abducted and trafficked, it was a reckless adventure. Years later, when I learned more about the trafficking issue, I rethought that experience and felt scared. I was so fortunate to be safe.
Do you listen to music while reading or writing?
However, as for writing, it depends. When I need to write something emotional, I will listen to the “right” type of music to bring out my mood so that when I write, my emotion in my writing goes with the musical tone.
For Your Own Good
Issue Spring '23