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Brothers is an epic saga of step-brothers, Baldi Li and Song Gang, whose lives span four decades from the Cultural Revolution to the present Socialist-Capitalist society in China. Yu Hua uses deliberately coarse language that reflects not only the dust, dirt, ugliness, greed, stupidity, but also the humor, endurance, and cleverness of a people buffeted by change. Brothers evokes the grotesque, but also beauty, through rough, racy, earthy language, and might bear comparison with Günter Grass’s...

Book Review, Resources

The Family Wound

BY NGOC QUANG HUYNH STARBORN BOOKS (WALES, UK), 2004 232 PAGES. PAPERBACK ISBN 1-899530-17-7 PUBLISHER WEB SITE: WWW.STARBORNBOOKS.CO.UK Reviewed by Howard Giskin The Family Wound is a first novel by Ngoc Quang Huynh, whose memoir South Wind Changing (1994) chronicles his childhood years in South Vietnam, growing up during the war in a large family, his brief time at university, his imprisonment in a forced labor camp, and his final escape to America as a refugee. In The Family Wound Huynh ...

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Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures

BY KYOKO MORI NEW YORK: FAWCETT BOOKS, 1999 258 PAGES. PAPERBACK: ISBN 0-449-00428-7 Reviewed by Howard Giskin Kyoko Mori grew up in Japan, moved to the United States to finish college, earned a graduate degree, and has taught creative writing at a number of universities. She is the author of several novels focusing on the experiences of young Japanese women including Shizuko’s Daughter, One Bird, The Dream of Water: A Memoir, as well as the recent Stone Field, True Arrow: A Novel, about a...

Feature Article

Using Chinese Folktales in the Classroom

Teaching Chinese folktales is a challenging but ultimately rewarding activity that can be a way to teach students core cultural beliefs and practices of the Chinese people. Teaching folk literature, however, presents some special challenges to the instructor, since folk literature differs in some crucial ways from more familiar forms of literature such as poetry, fiction and non-fiction narrative, novels and drama. Perhaps one of the key areas of difficulty when using folktales is that they are ...