What is an explanation of In the Pond?
In the Pond (1998) is the first novel written by Ha Jin, perhaps best known for his short stories, which have found their way into several major anthologies. He was the first Chinese-born American writer to win both the National Book Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award. The novel describes the efforts by a factory worker, Shao Bin, to gain promotion; when he is passed over, Shao--also an accomplished artist--begins a series of cartoons and art works which lampoons his supervisors. Eventually, he becomes so well known that he is promoted to write and draw propaganda pieces for the party.