#BookReview: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl

"Rarely do great beauty and virtue dwell together as they do in you." The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See 4 stars Pros: Immersive historical details Exploration of Akha and adoptee culture Complex and rich mother-daughter relationships Cons: Authorial voice present Switching of perspectives The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is another great historical fiction book done by Lisa See. She is a master at capturing times past with vivid details. Her new novel is … [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...]

Pass the Popcorn

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"Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think." I like going to the movies. In fact, I got to watch Moana over the weekend (and loved the song, "You're Welcome"). I vetoed seeing Dr. Strange as a movie option (sorry, hubby) because of its non-Asian Ancient One. However, I am excited for the upcoming Crazy Rich Asians (the book was hilarious!). It's slated for an all-Asian cast. Though the casting is taking more time and effort to find these actors and actresses, … [Read more...]

Exploding Myths

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"Better face danger than be always in fear." In this politically-charged climate, people have become more aware of verbal attacks. Still, a lot of Asian women endure remarks without speaking up. One article cited comments like, "“Ni Hao, pretty” and “You’re pretty for an Asian.” I myself have gotten approached with my fair share of Ni hao and Konnichiwa as guys try to attract my attention. People have also told me that they prefer Asian girls because they're more "quiet and … [Read more...]

Fave Five Costumes

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"Keep your goals away from trolls." It's that time of the year again. Now I'm not into spooky and scary. I hate horror books and films. But the occasional dressing up is fine by me. Three years ago, I made a list of Asian-inspired costumes that I've actually worn or admired. This time, I'm highlighting my fave five: 1. Bruce Lee (top martial artist). My hubby dressed up as him while we were dating--> thus, marriage. Cute baby … [Read more...]

We’re Not All Alike

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"You are realistic, and others relate to you." I embrace the word Asian American. I like my cultural background, although it's taken years to embrace the duality of it. But we're not all alike. I can't tell you how many times I've been confused with someone else because we look "like twins"--and this still happens with my kids. (In fact, I heard a comment today!) Anyway, Asian Americans are a huge group comprising of people from over 48 distinct places. We're not all the usual "model … [Read more...]

Real Asian Faces

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"A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved." I'm sure you've heard of #oscarssowhite. We need diversity, folks. Media should be at the forefront of actually representing what our population looks like. Unfortunately, they're not. Which is why I'm so grateful for posts like HomeMadeMimi's "Correcting Yellowface." It's one artist's method of fighting back in a clever way. Go ahead and enjoy her pics! … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Japanese Curry

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Japanese curry: stew-like curry with meat and vegetables I heart Japanese curry. There's something about the savory flavor mixed with a sweetness that gets to me. It's also not too spicy, so even a hotness wimp like me can handle it. The best curry I ate was probably the homemade version that someone ladled out to me in Little Tokyo. However, I'm also a big fan of the Curry House chain. I do make J-curry at home using those pre-packaged blocks (usually the House Foods brand) from … [Read more...]

New Office, New Look

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"Don't let statistics do a number on you." For those of you who don't know, I've been writing for years at my kitchen table. Finally, I've upgraded to my own office (slash guest room)! Knowing that I have an Asian-themed decor, my dad gave me this artwork. Gorgeous, huh? The main character in it is: patience. Patience is key to a writer's life. It always takes longer than you anticipate to produce and write something, or to edit and publish a piece. Fun photo: After two books, I finally … [Read more...]

Buddha Board

Buddha board

"The strengths in your character will bring you serenity." I got this present from my brother one year. I'm not sure if he meant that I needed to relax more... Anyway, the Buddha Board is this rectangular slate that you can "draw" on with a brush. However, it uses only water to make images. And, according to the description, it's supposed to "leave you with a clean slate and a clear mind" while the artwork evaporates. (I don't know about that, but it's a lot of fun!) I love the fact … [Read more...]

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