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China Dog: And Other Tales from a Chinese Laundry

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A chorus of immigrant voices populates Judy Fong Bates's graceful and poignant first collection. Denizens of the ubiquitous small towns around Ontario, as far from their native land as can be imagined yet united by their proximity to the local Chinese laundry, her characters have in common their driving desire to assimilate, to fit in, to belong to a "majority" culture. Bu ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 13th 2002 by Counterpoint (first published 1998)
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Jul 03, 2014 Tabitha Krug rated it liked it
A nice collection of stories about the Cantonese experience immigrating and making a life in small town Canada, set between the 50s and 80s, I believe. A little different from the experiences I'm used to reading about set in San Francisco, but no big surprises. Great story telling, though--I read most of it in one sitting. (It's pretty short)
If I could put 3 1/2, I would. I liked it, but it didn't quite rank up there with my other 4 star books. Part of the reason I liked it is that I like reading about Chinese immigrant experience, and also I like short stories. And then, it is well-written. That always puts a book on the plus side for me.

The collection reminded me a lot of Amy Tan's books, but the characters seemed a little more sane and civil than Tan's.

I think this collection gave me a whole new outlook on the people, actual peop
Jan 15, 2011 Nicole added it
I love this book. The author brought humor and history of the Chinese People who come to the US for a better life but still long to return to their homes in China. The author had me laughing almost througout the book but it also brought tears. It is a reminder of what the difficulties immagrants face when they come to this country for a better life and how they have to struggle not only with a language that is difficult to understand and learn to speak but also in having to deal with the prejudi ...more
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May 09, 2009 George rated it liked it
Judy Fong Bate's collection of short stories, 'China Dog: And Other Tales from a Chinese Laundry,' has simmered on my wish list for three years, ever since I read her letter collection: Midnight at the Dragon Cafe. I'm glad I finally found the chance to read it. It consists of eight very readable/enjoyable short stories about immigrant life in small town Canada: An interesting perspective.

Recommendation: Both collections are well worth reading. Enjoy.
Jan 17, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
I enjoyed this book of short stories by Canadian writer, Judy Fong Bates. I love to read about the Chinese immigrant experience, especially altering having lived in China for the last 5 months. The driving desire to assimilate: Bates shows this well. Don't we all have that desire, whether we are immigrants or not?
Feb 23, 2016 Margaret rated it liked it
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Fascinating stories. Writing somewhat uneven; seemed to improve as book progressed. Clear that Chinese immigrant experience mostly excludes lo fan; none ever have any substance. There is also a sameness to many of the stories which is not surprising but they are not "officially" connected.
Jul 09, 2007 Nate rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
I was pleasantly surprised by the time spanning all the short stories bound in this book, which document Chinese immigrant experiences in Canada and several areas around the USA. Reading it while in China gave it a whole new meaning that has bored its way into my brain forever.
Jan 18, 2008 Craig rated it really liked it
An interesting collection of short stories that definitely gets stronger in the last couple of pieces... I enjoyed the way that all of the stories featured a restaurant or a laundromat and as you went along, there were connections between all of them.
Feb 10, 2009 Catherine rated it really liked it
A nice compendium of immigrant tales.
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Bee, I'll pass this one on to you!
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