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message 1: by Barriodude (new)

Barriodude Hi all -

Just wanted to get feedback on a new website that a bunch of us (mostly Ph.D. and Masters students from Stanford and Berkeley) just recently launched.

Here's our coverage of The Joy Luck Club. We'd love to know what you think.


Mandy Petrocelli the website was fun. i loved the quizzes.

Midsummer ❁◕‿◕❁ Wow...This book brought back memories.

This book was used as one of the literature materials when I was in secondary school (more than 10 years ago) :P

Didn't really enjoy it during that time, maybe because it was one of the study text?

I should really take some time to re-read and enjoy the reading experience.

Clark Carlton Rereading the coverage of this novel was a reminder of how much I loved it. Yes, ultimately it was about a group of people who were very much unlike me, but after reading, I felt I knew and could relate to them. Amy did what all my favorite writers do which is to transport me from my own little world into another. This book was not only funny, entertaining and very moving, it was also educational. I have read it twice and seen the movie several times. The film version is an underrated masterpiece that was overlooked in a year full of masterpieces including Schindler's List.

I've read Amy's other novels since and was surprised to find there was one I love even more, The Hundred Secret Senses. Amy Tan is a living treasure. And whenever I read her books, it will be a week of visiting Chinese restaurants as she can't leave out food in her narratives.

message 5: by Geoff (last edited Oct 24, 2012 09:42AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Geoff Alford For all who like Amy Tan, I strongly recommend the books of radio journalist, Xinran, "The Good Women of China", "Silent Witness" and other works.

Her books are available through Amazon.

In the Good Women of China, she relates the often tragic lives of women in China, who called her on her Beijing radio program, "Words on the Night Breeze". She would try to meet with them, often travelling long distances into rural areas

In "Silent Witness", her declared intention is to document the lives of ordinary Chinese people over the last 70 years, based on interviews with elderly Chinese people. She hopes to educate a young generation, shielded from this history by censorship in schools, by providing a source by which they can know how their parents and grandparents lived, suffered and survived.

Wikipedia has a more complete description of her books - I have not read all of them yet:

In London, she began work on her seminal book about Chinese women's lives The Good Women of China, a memoir relating many of the stories she heard while hosting her radio show ("Words on the Night Breeze") in China. The book is a candid revelation of many Chinese women's thoughts and experiences that took place both during and after the Cultural Revolution when Chairman Mao and Communism ruled the land. The book was published in 2002 and has been translated into over thirty languages.

Sky Burial, her second book, was published in 2004. This is the story of Shu Wen, whose husband, only a few months after their marriage in the 1950s, joined the Chinese army and was sent to Tibet for the purpose of unification of the two cultures.

A collection of Xinran’s Guardian columns from 2003 to 2005, What the Chinese Don't Eat, was published in 2006. It covers a vast range of topics from food to sex education, and from the experiences of British mothers who have adopted Chinese daughters, to whether Chinese people do Christmas shopping or have swimming pools.

Xinran‘s first novel Miss Chopsticks was published in July 2007. It explores the uneasy relationship between Chinese "migrant workers" and the cities they flock to. China's economic reform is changing the role of its chopstick girls. Once a disposable burden, they can now take city jobs as waitresses, masseuses, factory line workers and cleaners, They bring bundles of cash home, earning them unprecedented respect in patriarchal villages, as well as winning the respect and hearts of city dwellers.

Xinran’s fifth book, China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation was published in the UK in October 2008. It is based on twenty years worth of interviews conducted by Xinran with the last two generations in China. She hopes it will, ‘restore a real modern history of China, from real people after most historical evidence was destroyed in the Culture Revolution’ .

She followed this in February 2010, with the publication of Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, a collection of heartbreaking stories from Chinese mothers who have lost or had to abandon children.

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