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Mongrel: Essays, Diatribes, Pranks

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In a time when memoirs are often less than they claim to be and essays do not say enough, Justin Chin breaks onto the scene with a collection that is a combination of confession, tirade, journalism, and practical joke.

Mongrel is a cross-section of Chin's imagination and experiences that calls into question what it means to be an Asian-American in San Francisco, the effect
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1998)
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Leanne O
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and instead of a long review I'll leave you with a quote from my favorite chapter.

"And just because I'm in a particular community, it doesn't mean that we should do everything together, dress alike, think alike, hate alike, love alike, and accessorize alike. It's community, not some f*cking junior-high pajama party.
Sometimes I think community is just another big sociopolitical pajama party, and is a means of compensating for all those junior-high pajama parties that we
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Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm also not sure exactly where and I when I got the language for who and what I am. I don't remember how I learned the words gay, homo(sexual), fag, queer, etc. I just seemed to have picked them up and undertsood what they meant. 8

Cowlture means very different things to different people. Identity politics is a maddeningly individual thing, and the joy is finding others who subscribe to your particular lottery numbers and want to play with you at the next drawing. 73

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Not as cutting edge as I expected but still good. RIP
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Born in Malaysia, raised & educated in Singapore, shipped to the U.S. by way of Hawaii, and lived in San Francisco. Author of 3 books of poetry, all published by Manic D Press: Bite Hard (1997); Harmless Medicine (2001), a finalist in the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Awards; and, Gutted (2006), which received the 2007 Thom Gunn Award for Poetry by the Publishing Triangle. Squeezed in be ...more
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