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A Chinese fairy tale

LISA Sankar-Zhu from Trinidad and Tobago wrote fairy tales based on Chinese culture.

Her first book, "The Emperor, His Bride and the Dragon?Robe" was released yesterday at the Caribbean Community Pavilion.

Sankar-Zhu, who has been living in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, for 14 years, is now working as liaison officer at the pavilion. From June 16 to 26, she was the pavilion's director.

Her idea started from a bedtime story she created for her two sons. The story basically describes an ancient Chinese emperor who wants to find a bride?to be his empress.

"The story was inspired by Chinese culture and history," Sankar-Zhu said. "I was so fascinated by the culture here when I first arrived in 1996."

Sankar-Zhu spent about a year writing the book. First she outlined the plot and told her two sons. Then she wrote the story in English, rewriting it more than 10 times. After she finished, she and her husband, a Henan native, translated the story into Chinese.

She said she will soon begin writing a sequel.


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