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Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant is an enigma and an allegory

Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant is an enigma and an allegory

Maisy Chan November 9, 2017 0

The Buried Giant by the Japanese-born British writer Kazuo Ishiguro has been impressive in its extensive reception by reviewers in Britain and in the United States. Ishiguro’s earlier novels and short fiction flit between

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Celeste Ng’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ reveals the conformity of suburbia

Celeste Ng’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ reveals the conformity of suburbia

Maisy Chan October 15, 2017 0

Celeste Ng’s new novel Little Fires Everywhere picks up in mid-stream right at the burning pyrotechnic of the youngest of the Richardsons’ brood of four children. Izzy, the youngest, sets fire to burn down

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Seattle Center’s Terracotta Warriors exhibit is sure to impress children and adults alike

Seattle Center’s Terracotta Warriors exhibit is sure to impress children and adults alike

Maisy Chan August 20, 2017 0

The Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor are a national treasure in China. A selection of the warriors are on display at the Pacific Science Center at Seattle Center. It’s an exhibit that’s sure

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<em>Mambo in Chinatown</em>: Dancing between Eastern and Western cultures

Mambo in Chinatown: Dancing between Eastern and Western cultures

Maisy Chan January 12, 2017 0

A book review feeds upon the book being reviewed. In Mambo in Chinatown, author Jean Kwok takes us on an excursion. We visit Chinatown and places in the New York City backdrop, all woven

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<em>The Boat Rocker</em>: Fiction, the press and the meaning of ‘Polity’

The Boat Rocker: Fiction, the press and the meaning of ‘Polity’

Maisy Chan January 11, 2017 0

I always take notice of Ha Jin’s writings ever since, by surprise, I read his debut novel Waiting. The fictional “testimonial of sorts” of a love story in a dying culture has its intimacy

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‘Little White Duck’: Stories make up a world engrossed in the politics of a people

‘Little White Duck’: Stories make up a world engrossed in the politics of a people

Maisy Chan December 17, 2014 0

More than just a picture book

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The Seattle Art Museum’s Luminous Asian Exhibit

Maisy Chan January 4, 2012 0

Strolling into a museum, we see old and new art, ancient and contemporary. Juxtapose the two, then singular impressions reveal themselves for an audience. In the “Luminous: The Art of Asia” exhibit, a Seated

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Brush, Ink, Mind: The Practice of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting

Maisy Chan October 5, 2011 Comments Off on Brush, Ink, Mind: The Practice of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting

Frederic Wong’s “Brush, Ink, Mind: the Practice of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting” takes the reader step-by-step through the elements of learning calligraphy and brush painting in the Chinese tradition. The book is methodical like

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“In the Lap of the Gods”

Maisy Chan January 19, 2011 Comments Off on “In the Lap of the Gods”

The making of modern China reaches beyond politics — its impact is often felt cruelly on ordinary people.

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“Gold Boy” and “All Is Forgotten”

Maisy Chan November 16, 2010 Comments Off on “Gold Boy” and “All Is Forgotten”

A woman’s sense of disconnect in an urbanizing China and the interconnected stories between students round out these tales from two compelling women writers.

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