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Mafia Style Chinese Gift Giving – “The Family Law” – Benjamin Law

December 10th, 2010 · Comments Off on Mafia Style Chinese Gift Giving – “The Family Law” – Benjamin Law · Asian, Quotes

Whether it was a birthday, a wedding or a marriage, a lot of Chinese parents took the same approach to gift-giving, one shared by Mafia hitmen and pirates: just hand over thick wads of cash.

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The Relative Attractiveness of Asians – “Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel” – Gary Shteyngart

December 4th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Relative Attractiveness of Asians – “Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel” – Gary Shteyngart · Asian, Quotes

Lenny’s one of those white guys who can’t tell a good-looking Asian girl from an ugly one. We all look the same to them. This is the kind of thing that could only be written by someone who’s dated an Asian!

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A Very Young Asian Audrey Hepburn – “Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel” – Gary Shteyngart

December 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off on A Very Young Asian Audrey Hepburn – “Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel” – Gary Shteyngart · Asian, Description, Writing

I had almost failed to notice the young woman in front of him, a small Korean (I’ve dated two previously, both delightfully insane), with her hair up in a provocative bun so that she resembled vaguely a very young Asian Audrey Hepburn.

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“I Love Dollars”, Zhu Wen

September 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on “I Love Dollars”, Zhu Wen · Asian, China, Chinese, Short Stories

Ok, so I’ve been MIA from Blogging the Bookshelf for a while now (a few weeks in fact!). Things have been fairly busy work wise so I’ve had to cut back on discretionary activities and the blog was the first to go. Unfortunately I think work will continue to be quite demanding for the foreseeable […]

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“Spring Snow”, Yukio Mishima

August 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Asian, Japanese, Literature

Synopsis: Dilettante son of a nouveau-riche family seeking societal acceptance meets the refined daughter of an aristocratic family struggling to adjust to the changes in Japanese society brought on by the Meiji Restoration. A deeply intense and culturally significant story of forbidden love. My Take: “Spring Snow” is generally regarded to be Yukio Mishima’s greatest […]

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“What Does China Think”, Mark Leonard

August 14th, 2009 · Comments Off on “What Does China Think”, Mark Leonard · Asian, China, Chinese, Philosophy

Synopsis: An idiot’s guide to the various streams of contemporary Chinese policy debate. When you view the world through the eyes of China’s intellectuals My Take: Those who know me know that I’m a bit of a Sinophile. While the human rights record of the Chinese government is obviously indefensible and deserves public attention and […]

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"Unpolished Gem", Alice Pung

July 12th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Asian, Australian, China

Synopsis: A Chinese family flees war and conflict in Vietnam and Cambodia for the Western suburbs of Melbourne. A young girl grows up Asian in Australia. My Take: I had a typically ‘old Australia’ childhood in country Queensland. Cricket, football, fishing, “Australia All Over” with Macca on a Sunday morning. It was great fun, but […]

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"The Elephant Vanishes", Haruki Murakami

July 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on "The Elephant Vanishes", Haruki Murakami · Asian, Japanese, Short Stories

Synopsis: A collection of 15 of Haruki Murakami’s most surreal short stories. My Take: The Elephant Vanishes is classic Murakami – strange, whimsical, reflective and more than a little confusing. You don’t find stories based on of the disappearance of a man’s favourite elephant or a woman being haunted by a gardening, green monster in […]

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"The Boat", Nam Le

June 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Asian, Australian, Literature, Short Stories

Synopsis: Young former Melbourne corporate lawyer turns hundreds of other young, former Melbourne corporate lawyers green with envy by publishing a phenomenally successful collection of nuanced and beautiful short stories. My Take: Sigh. I guess it is an inevitable part of getting older to be confronted with the increasingly spectacular public successes of people who […]

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"Norwegian Wood", Haruki Murakami

June 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Asian, Japanese, Trash

Synopsis: Boy meets girl. Boy commits suicide. Boy’s best friend falls in love with girl. Girl loses grasp on reality. Boy meets another girl. Metaphysical angst ensues. My Take: The cover blurb of Norwegian Wood describes the novel thus: “When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend […]

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