Mingmei Yip has written an enchanting debut novel “Peach Blossom Pavilion” which tells the story of the last surviving Chinese courtesan (prostitute), Precious Orchid, the most sought-after woman in all of China. Just as Arthur Golden's novel “Memoirs of a Geisha” introduced readers to the Japanese geisha tradition nearly a decade ago, Peach Blossom Pavilion provides a vivid account of a forgotten history, immersed in Chinese culture of the early 1990's, by transporting us to another place and time where prostitutes were glamorous, elegant and cultured women that were well-versed in the arts.
Mingwei Yip was born in Hong Kong and from a young age had a consuming interest in the traditional arts of China. She is an accomplished calligrapher and painter, but, more uniquely, is a master performer on the most ancient Chinese stringed musical instrument – the qin (pronounced “chin”). Her inspiration for writing this novel was to reveal the talented women from China's past that were also practitioners of these arts: the mingji or “precious prostitutes”.
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