In the critically acclaimed collection of stories entitled Hunger (W.W. Norton & Company, 1998), author Lan Samantha Chang touched upon themes of dialogue between Chinese identity and American identity, between definitions of womanhood and definitions of citizenship, and between belonging and estrangement. Chang will continue to explore these powerful themes through her writing as a Bunting Fellow. At Radcliffe, Chang will write a novel that will trace the life of a fictional twentieth-century Chinese woman.
Chang earned her MFA in fiction writing from the University of Iowa. She has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and at Stanford University. She served as an editorial advisor for Youth Outlook and was an editor for the literary journal True Fiction.
In addition to the Bunting Fellowship, Chang has received fellowships from Princeton University, the National Endowment for the Arts, Stanford University, and University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Hunger received the California Book Award Silver Medal and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her stories have been published in The Atlantic Magazine, Ploughshares, and The Best American Short Stories.