Gish Jen's short stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories four times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike, as well as in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and dozens of other periodicals, textbooks and anthologies. She was featured in a PBS American Masters’ special on the American novel, and has been awarded numerous honors, including a five-year Mildred and Harold Strauss Living from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award as well as NEA, Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Radcliffe fellowships, Jen delivered the William E. Massey lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard in 2012. Her books include text from the lectures, Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self, as well as another non-fiction book, The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap. Her fiction titles include Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land, Who’s Irish?, The Love Wife, World and Town, and The Resisters.