Tsundoku #7 for March 2020, a tad late, but hopefully worth it. So let’s see how high we can get those tsundoku’s this month….and be honest weherever you are you may unfortuinately need to prepare for some self-isolation. Toilet paper and pasta saucve is one thing, but a month without books!! Unthinkable. And so, kicking off, as per usual, with some new fiction....
Hearing nothing but good things about Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown, a heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes, in Hollywood. Its’ a fantastic satire of the movie business in all its tropey embarrassment.
Chris Bohjalian sells a lot of books…a lot of books. In The Red Lotus an American man vanishes on a rural road in Vietnam, and his girlfriend, an emergency room doctor trained to ask questions, follows a path that leads her home to the very hospital where they met.
Cho Nam-joo’s Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, is seemingly everywhere in bookstores right now. The life story of one young Korean woman born at the end of the twentieth century raises questions about endemic misogyny and institutional oppression that are relevant to us all.
Robin Ha’s Almost American Girl is a graphic novel. For as long as she can remember, it's been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn't always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together. So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation--following her mother's announcement that she's getting married--Robin is devastated.
In Meng Jin's Little Gods a woman gives birth in a Beijing hospital alone. Thus begins the unraveling of Su Lan, a brilliant physicist who until this moment has successfully erased her past, fighting what she calls the mind's arrow of time. When Su Lan dies unexpectedly seventeen years later, it is her daughter Liya who inherits the silences and contradictions of her life. Liya, who grew up in America, takes her mother's ashes to China--to her, an unknown country. In a territory inhabited by the ghosts of the living and the dead, Liya's memories are joined by those of two others: Zhu Wen, the woman last to know Su Lan before she left China, and Yongzong, the father Liya has never known.
Manchukuo Perspectives is a groundbreaking volume critically examines how writers in Japanese-occupied northeast China negotiated political and artistic freedom while engaging their craft amidst an increasing atmosphere of violent conflict and foreign control.