I picked this up at random at the library and am glad I did. The stories are interesting and take me to a place and time remote from my own. At the same time they don't feel foreign at all. There is a little bit of moralizing about the cultural revolution but for the most part it's not heavy handed and the stories are about the people involved rather than about politics. I would definitely like to read a novel by Ha Jin.
The style of the writing didn't wow me. I would also say I thought the arrangement of the stories was well chosen.