#BookReview: Starswept

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"Romance will come your way soon." Starswept by Mary Fan 4.5 stars Pros: An invented language! Unique world-building Focus on the arts Cons: Too much mystery in the beginning Starswept is a wonderful book. I love the premise of the situation, where the arts are adored by an alien race. There are also interesting underlying themes of prejudice, xenophobia, and the value of human lives in the novel. I’m able to really identify with the main character, Iris. I love … [Read more...]

#AuthorProfile: Shawna Yang Ryan

Shawna Yang Ryan

"Your kind spirit will lead to many new friendships." Name: Shawna Yang Ryan Accomplishments: Fulbright Scholar; Teaches at University of Hawaii Latest book: Green Island Shawna Yang Ryan is super sweet and down-to-earth. Her latest novel, Green Island, took many years of research. She ended up interviewing people, both in Taiwan and here in America, about how the 228 Massacre affected their lives. Before penning her book, she also had to process all the turbulent emotions involved in … [Read more...]

Vote

"Assert yourself, your ideas are worthwhile." Who knew that only half of Asian Americans vote? Last weekend, there was also a series of free concerts held to entertain people and get them to register to vote. Fellow AAs, let's go out there and make a difference! … [Read more...]

Diverse Phantom of the Opera!

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"Your loyalties will be rewarded." Okay, I admit it: I love musicals. Even when I was forced to watch Westside Story in high school and all my peers snickered at the Jets versus Sharks, I relished it. Of course, I also remember being glued to the TV set watching Lea Salonga perform in Les Miserables. Now, I'm excited to see an Asian American female lead and an African American actor as partners in Phantom of the Opera (find the plot summary and more here). Hurrah! … [Read more...]

A Writer’s Real Gold

Jyuyihsing: jewelry made from pretend goldAbout one hundred years ago, a goldsmith's shop called Jyu Yih Sing made gold-plated jewelry.  It grew in popularity because its merchandise glittered like real gold and did not change in color.  The business eventually expanded to six branches with nine thousand employees. What's like real gold for a writer?  His or her brand.Robert Lee Brewer talks about the benefits of creating a slogan.  I've also been reading Rob Eagar's book called Sell Your … [Read more...]

Colorful Casting

Gunjih leuhnggo hau: the officials have two mouthsWithin the character for "official" appears two mouths (they look like square boxes).  Regular people use one mouth.  This phrase means that those in power can speak much louder.  Whether they're right or wrong, you still have to listen to them.  Some things are out of one's control.  When a writer gets their work turned into a movie, it transitions out of their hands.  Film adaptations require different skills.  That's why there are … [Read more...]

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