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Becoming a God

Shanghai Noir

The Dancing Girl and the Turtle: publication date 01.04.2017

This photograph was taken at the Volkenkunde Museum in Leiden. From a block of wood or a lump of clay, gods are made.

The fall from grace by Harvey Weinstein has been nothing less than miraculous. Though this pales by comparison to Alyssa Milano's call to action. Last Sunday, she tweeted:

"Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem."

Within 24 hours, thousands of women responded with their own accounts of harassment or assault. The discussion has spread far beyond the provincial borders of Hollywood, inducing even the Chinese government to make some hay.

On Monday, the state-run English language newspaper China Daily opined that a Harvey Weinstein scandal could never happen in China. This because Chinese traditional values demand that men respect women. After the cavalcade of abuse and criticism that rained down on China Daily, both the tweet announcing this fallacy as well as the underlying OpEd piece vanished from the internet. The statistics collected by the Chinese government to tell a very different story. 1 in 3 college students report being the victim of sexual harassment or violence. Up to 70% of female factory workers in Guangzhou have been sexually assaulted.

So here's my story. He was old enough to be my father. I was too young to drive. He took me home and said the price was a kiss. I can still remember the cold tip of his tongue. #MeToo.

Thank you, Harvey Weinstein, for making it painfully obvious why women won't talk about being harassed or assaulted. It'll make it a whole lot easier to introduce my novel and explain why Anyi responds the way she does. You'll hear some of that in a radio interview this week on the "Get the Funk Out" show. It'll be broadcast sometime later this year but you can listen now.

As for this week's blog post, I'm sending it to you from sunny Southern California. Peace Court is a first real look at my novel-in-progress. I hope it will keep you coming back for more.

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