In the autumn of 1998, nine months before the Tiananmen Uprising, Sandra Hutchison traveled to Anhui Province, China, to teach English literature. Her students shared with her their dreams, their hopes, and their lives, and she, in turn, embraced their culture as fully as any outsider could. Chinese Brushstrokes tells of Hutchison's pilgrimage to the top of a holy Buddhist mountain, a sojourn in a village deep in the Chinese countryside, encounters with local peasants and famous artists, and the rise of the Democracy Movement in Beijing, Shanghai and Heifei. Hutchison takes the reader to the heart of China as she immerses herself in a culture filled with beauty and contradictions.
"Hutchison paints a vibrant picture of post-Mao China ..."
—Carsey Yee, Quill & Quire
"Sandra Hutchison's lovingly rendered Chinese Brushstrokes . . . evokes an otherness that brought me to an immediate awareness of the kind of citizenship we all now share in this oddly unfamiliar global
village that has become our home."
- Ross Woodman
"Sandra Hutchison writes with authority and grace, detail and insight. Hers is a rare gift."
- Michael Fitzgerald
Sandra Lynn Hutchison grew up in Toronto, Canada. After completing her doctoral dissertation, a literary biography of Canadian poet Dorothy Livesay, at the University of Toronto, Hutchison went to China to teach English Literature. Her first book Chinese Brushstrokes (Turntone Press, Winnipeg, 1996 ) is a memoir of her time in China. Hutchison teaches English Literature at the University of Maine. She is also the poetry editor of Puckerbrush Review.