My story “Remembering Zheng He” has been published in Indian fiction magazine The Affair and is free to read online at their website. (Which means I’m all out of forthcoming stories! Eep!)
This story was inspired by an essay I read during my undergraduate degree, called “Remembering Pearl Harbour” by Phyllis Turnbull, a professor at the University of Hawaii. The ideas put forward in the essay stuck with me and, because of it, I kept the book it was in on my shelf years after I’d finished my degree and thrown out my other old texts. Turnbull uses a discussion of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbour to challenge the naturalised assumptions of the “American-ness” of Hawaii and delve into the story of the US annexation of the islands and US behaviour as an imperial power. Of course, as stories do, this one took on a life of it’s own and, in the writing, became as much about the love and differences between a father and son as about that political narrative.