• Briefly: "My Moustache"

    by  • October 3, 2007 • China • 2 Comments

    Joel sez:

    UPDATE: Thank you Mr. A. Cooke! The rest of you may ignore this message and get on with your lives.

    “I was sitting alone in my hostel, lamenting my moustache’s unhappy fate and pondering the reasons for its being slandered…”

    For reasons that may or may not become clear later, I’m very interested in finding an English translation of Lu Xun’s 1924 essay “My Moustache.” Lu Xun, as I think we’ve mentioned before, is one of China’s most famous and well-liked modern writers, and Shaoxing was his hometown (I’ll write more about him another time). “My Moustache” can be found in the Selected Words of Lu Hsun, Vol. 2, translated by Gladys Yang. It’s only a few pages long. Can you, dear reader, help track this down and email me a copy of the essay? I’d be much obliged.



    Sarah grew up in Colorado but considers herself a Chinese-Malaysian-English-American. Her favorite thing to do is read in bed, or some sunny spot on a couch.

    2 Responses to Briefly: "My Moustache"

    1. Anonymous
      October 3, 2007 at 10:43 pm

      Hey Sarah and Joel,
      the whole essay is available here:

      I hope you’re well!

    2. J + S
      October 4, 2007 at 12:16 am

      Wow, Joel posted that before going to bed and it’s here right when we woke up! Thanks you guys. (The story is every bit as amusing as we thought it would be.)

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