Widely acclaimed as a classic of contemporary fiction, Taipei People has been frequently compared to James Joyce's Dubliners. Henry Miller considers Pai Hsien-Yung ""a master of portraiture"". The collection of fourteen stories from this reprint edition has already been translated to great acclaim into French, German, Italian, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese, and Korean.
Pai Hsien-Yung became a Professor of Chinese Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1965 and retired in 1994. Pai is an internationally acclaimed author and founder of Modern Literature magazine. Patia Yasin is a translator of traditional Chinese and Japanese folk lyrics and modern Turkish poetry. George Kao is a founding editor of the journal Renditions, published by the Research Centre for Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.