The Last Communist Virgin

Stories by Wang Ping

“Wang Ping is a fearless, phenomenal writer.” —Louise Erdrich

April 2007
5 x 7.5 | 218 pages
Paperback Original

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ISBN: 978-1-56689-195-0.



From the restaurants of New York’s Chinatown to the retail emporium of Bergdorf Goodman, and from remote Chinese military outposts to the streets of Beijing, these stories open a window into the rapid transformations of an ancient culture. As the characters struggle to find their way, a young girl discovers love amidst a sea of angry Red Guards, émigrés navigate New York’s relentless rat race, and an old man returns to a Beijing he doesn’t recognize on a mission to restore his son-in-law’s flagging honor. In the heartrending finale, the origins of humanity and its reckless dash toward an apocalyptic future are distilled into a love story with far-reaching implications.


2009 Association for Asian American Studies Book Award Winner

2008 Minnesota Book Award for Fiction Winner


“Wang Ping is a fearless, phenomenal writer.” —Louise Erdrich

“Wang Ping’s The Last Communist Virgin is a beauty of a collection. She has interwoven the earthiness of China and the harshness of immigrant life . . . to create a series of short stories that are at once pitiful, heartbreaking, funny, and deeply inspiring.” —Lisa See

Twin Cities Public Television, “Minnesota Original” feature Broadcast

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