Mystery Mavens

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"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." Calling all mystery fans to Manhattan Beach! That's right, I'll be on a panel of mystery writers who live in or write about the South Bay. Details are: Monday, October 17, 2016 7:00pm Manhattan Beach Library 1320 Highland Ave. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Other authors present will be Sarah Chen, Sybil Johnson, and Lida Sideris. Here's a recap on my mystery writing (under the name of J.J. Chow): Seniors … [Read more...]

ALA, Here I Come!

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"Trees may prefer calm, but the wind will not subside." --Chinese proverb The wind's been blowing me here and there. In fact, this post is a little late because I had to prepare for a book talk. I interacted with teens at the local library today, talking about the process of writing and encouraging them to complete their own works over the summer. It's amazing to see their passions and their diverse interests, which can range from manga to poetry. Speaking of libraries, I'm gearing to attend … [Read more...]

On Choosing E-books

Sihk Mouhchihnggai: to be fired (lit. eat feelingless chicken)During the 1950s and 1960s, several hundred thousand refugees fled to Hong Kong from mainland China. Those who found jobs would rely on their employers to provide food and lodging to them. Every year on the second day of the Chinese New Year (this year, it starts on February 10, 2013), shopkeepers would invite employees to have a Hoi Nihn ("beginning of the year") meal. If an employee was given a chicken's head by his boss, it meant … [Read more...]

Sailouh- The Power of Words

Sailouh: children, kids. Sailouh meant "little boy" in ancient China.  King Mouh, the first ruler of the Chou dynasty, introduced his younger brother as sailouh.  (The term subtly shifts to "sailou" when describing one's own younger brother.) Triad gangs use these family terms, with the leader addressed as "Daaihlou" (elder brother) and the man under him known as "Sailou."  Thus, one simple phrase can yield various meanings. It is the power of words that first lured me into reading as a … [Read more...]

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