I Live in the Slums is the fifth book by Can Xue translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping. Others are Blue Light in the Sky (New Directions, 2006), Five Spice Street (Yale U.P., 2009), Vertical Motion, and Frontier (Open Letter Books, 2011 and 2017). Karen Gernant is professor emerita of Chinese history at Southern Oregon University; Chen Zeping is professor emeritus of Chinese linguistics at Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China. They have collaborated in translating contemporary Chinese fiction for more than twenty years. In addition to their work with Can Xue, they have published a collection of stories by Zhang Kangkang (Cornell East Asia Series, 2011), a volume of stories by Alai (MerwinAsia, 2012), and two novellas by Zhang Yihe (University of Hawaii Press and Manoa, 2017).