Books: Small Preservations
Anita Desai’s latest volume, The Artist of Disappearance, consists of a trio of novellas set in a changing Indian landscape.
Books: Breakups and Sexual Malaise
Book Review: 'How Do I Begin' by The Hmong American Writers' Circle
In light of a scarce written canon, the Hmong American contributors to the anthology How Do I Begin? seek to recover cultural heritage and challenge their marginalization within more mainstream Asian American literature.
Review of Sandra Park's 'If You Live in a Small House'
Following the lives of a multigenerational Korean American family, Sandra Park captures the nuanced tensions between characters forced to live together in a too-small house, each one wishing for something more.
Review of Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan's 'A Tiger in the Kitchen'
In A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family, Singaporean expat Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan uses food as a vehicle to navigate the often complicated relationships that Asian Americans and Asian immigrants often form with regards to broader ideas of family and home.
Review of Xinran's 'Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother'
From Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club to Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, the idea of a generational war between mothers and their daughters -- usually culminating in the revelation that they are really not so different after all -- has become a long-established (and, dare I say, stereotypical) narrative in Asian American literature.