Dr. Qingyun Wu is a Professor of Chinese in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature and the Chinese Program Coordinator at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Wu received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Pennsylvania State University, University Park2010 0-7734-1367-7The Third Eye
was applauded nationwide as a path-breaking story at its publication in 1986. However, Chinese authorities found it provocative and disturbing. The Third Eye
received no awards, although it was superior in several ways to Gazing, a national prize winner. Apart from political challenges, The Third Eye
offers a fresh humanitarian concern for those who attempted to escape from Mao’s China and a truthful portrait of political fear and sexual repression in the People’s Liberation Army during those difficult years. It remains Zhu Sujin’s best fiction and a milestone in PLA Literature. Its significance is unlikely to fade even though the PLA portrayed in the story has long since become an historical artifact.