Currently Reading: Lisa See’s “Shanghai Girls”

Earlier this summer, I read Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan because it will be a Hollywood movie in 2011. See’s current novel is Shanghai Girls, released last year in May. Snow Flower is probably See’s masterpiece so I was willing to read another See novel, one still too new for us to…

Currently Reading: Anchee Min’s “Pearl of China”

I don’t quite remember what led me to Anchee Min’s Pearl of China, published earlier this year, in the first place. I probably noticed the Chinese author’s name in a book list and looked further into the synopsis. Once I realized it is about Pearl S. Buck and recalled quickly how Buck’s The Good Earth…

Currently Reading: Jean Kwok’s “Girl in Translation”

Another 2010 book down. I pat myself on my back to have started borrowing books from the library, even when they are still “ON ORDER”, paying attention to recommendations from AAM, and getting Google Alerts about “asian american literature”!! From the latter, the most consistent recommendations have come from Asian American Literature Fans, a Livejournal blog,…

Currently Reading: Somewhere Inside

I try to recall the media furor over the captivity of Laura Ling and Euna Lee last year but I can’t really separate in my mind “actual” coverage by mainstream news and the re-coverage and opinion by bloggers. I followed Angry Asian Man and he echoes a lot of Asian-American-related news for his readers’ benefit…

Currently Reading: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Oh boy, the way in which I figure out the next novel I will read scares me, and is a testiment to how much of an Internet junkie I can be. I was listening to the podcast, M and MX Radio, the episode in which Hugh Jackman regales you (at the 4-minute mark) by singing…

Currently Reading: A Thread of Sky

I feel like I just got back from a two-week tour of China’s Must-Sees with the women in my family. I guess that means Deanna Fei’s A Thread of Sky was good! My Google Alerts set up for “Asian American literature” alerted me to a Huff Po article by author Deanna Fei, I Called Amy…

Currently Reading: I Want Candy

In the spring, I spent ten Thursdays going to the downtown UBC campus for Adobe courses and quickly acquired a routine: briskly walk down after work (30 minutes), often listening to a podcast or talking on the phone with my sister, stopping by the Chapters (bookstore) just next to campus for a quick browse through…

Currently Reading: The Piano Teacher

I think I’ve made a good start at what I hope to be able to dub my Summer of Asian American Literature. Even though summer has not yet begun, I have gotten through two novels and hopefully have the momentum to get through several more. Only recently, I set up alerts to for Asian American…

Currently Reading: I Love Yous Are For White People

I suppose I had vaguely noticed that a book had been published in May last year with the catchy title, “I Love Yous are for White People” from promotion on the Angry Asian Man blog but I dismissed it as a cheeky humourous book not worthy of my further attention. I even downloaded the VisualizAsian…