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Leaving Deep Water: The Lives of Asian American Women at the Crossroads of Two Cultures

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Integrating ethnic identity with mainstream American culture is a complex task. In "Leaving Deep Water," Claire S. Chow deftly explores the many ways that women of Asian descent have forged a place for themselves in modern society. Drawing from the personal narratives of dozens of women from China, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries, Chow analyzes such common themes a ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Plume (first published 1998)
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Christina
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: whatevs, esea-authors
I really like the aim and purpose of this book, but it got rote and repetitive. The author attempted to break it up into themes and motifs, but she didn't curate or paraphrase the stories, so a story from one chapter just blended into the story from another.

While I came at this book wanting to feel...reaffirmed, I didn't quite get that. Some of this was due to differences that are no fault of the author's, while others may have been more so.

On the downside, the author tended to gravitate towards
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Marissa
Jul 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Asian American Women
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an interesting compilation of stories told by a group of Asian American women. (East Asian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai) This book discusses relationships that different Asian American women have with thier families, American society, their spouses/significant others, their children, and their own ideas about identity. I don't like the autor- she seems very detached and there were a few women, who I did want to smack upside the head. But overall I think it was a worth ...more
Connie
Apr 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Women
Great book, discusses relationships of mother/daughter in modern day society, the pressure of marriage, sexuality, and especially the guilt trip our mothers give to us. I definitely recommend reading for all females who are trying to figure out their mothers, and why we cant say no.
pjr8888
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
my copy is dedicated by the author:

To Paul:
Thanks so much
for your presence
here.
Clair S. Chow
Tu
Aug 09, 2008 added it
Shelves: psychology, essays
these essays echo the asian-american female experience pretty well.
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