We’re sure her London-based publisher is happy to hear this. Zhou Wei Hui, author of banned-by-Beijing Shanghai Baby, admits that she self-censored her latest book Marrying Buddha (Shanghaiist review) because the Chinese government let her back in the country.
Zhou, whose new book wasn’t banned by Beijing, said she enjoys returning to China and wouldn’t be happy living abroad full time.
“I was so happy that (the government) had allowed me to return that I deleted some parts of the book myself,” she was quoted as saying. “I took out some sexual parts and some things about Chinese male authors who get monthly allowances from the government.”
But the government canceled her book tour, Zhou was quoted as saying. “They said, ‘We don’t want you to be so obvious,’ so I said, ‘OK,’ because I was just glad to have the book published in China”, reported AP.
Also on Shanghaiist:
Book Review: Shanghai Baby grows up (a little)