Bai Jiang

Created by Thatcher Robinson

Hmmm... what's the deal with BAI JIANG?

She seems awfully similar to Ian Hamilton's Ava Lee.

They're both young, beautiful, wealthy, Chinese, female. They both kick ass. They both like nice things. Exceedingly competent and confident to the point of arrogance. Prone to lip service philosophizing and spiritual musings that don't always ring true. Family ties to the Triad (Bai's godfather is a mover and shaker in the San Francisco triad; Ava's "uncle" has connections to the Hong Kong branch). They both get around, and both display a chilly pragmatism that makes them hard to warm up to.

Even their creators have similiarly solid, Anglo-sounding names: Thatcher Robinson and Ian Hamilton, respectively.

But Bai comes across as less of a male fantasy figure. Instead of a footloose and fancy free lesbian, jetsetting forensic accountant and martial arts expert who lives in Toronto, she's a San Francisco-based single mom with a twelve year-old daughter who works as a souxun (people finder) and lives in Chinatown.

Her first adventure, White Ginger, arrived in 2013, with a lot of hype and buzz, and a sequel, Black Ginger, popped up promptly the next year.

We'll see.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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