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Tomorrow in Shanghai : and other stories / May-lee Chai.

Chai, May-lee, (author.).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library CHA (Text) 33500013670658 New Checked out 10/12/2022

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781949467864
  • ISBN: 1949467864
  • Physical Description: 141 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: Durham : Blair, [2022]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Tomorrow in Shanghai -- Life on Mars -- The Monkey King of Sichuan -- Hong's Mother -- White Rabbits -- Jia -- Slow Train to Beijing -- The Nanny.
Summary, etc.:
"In a vibrant and illuminating follow-up to her award-winning story collection, Useful Phrases for Immigrants, May-lee Chai explores a complex blend of cultures spanning China, the Chinese diaspora in America, and in the world at large-revealing the complex schisms in the globalized world. Her stories illuminate the divides between rural and urban, male and female, rich and poor, and those in-between-always tracking the nuanced, knotty, and intricate exchanges of interpersonal and institutional power. Chai's stories are essential reading for an increasingly globalized world"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 July #1
    In her newest story collection, Chai (Useful Phrases for Immigrants, 2018) shifts dexterously between the personal and the fantastical. Four of the eight stories feature autobiographical stand-ins who are, like Chai, the daughter of a Chinese father and white mother whose formative years are defined by ignorance, bigotry, and family dysfunction. Difficult mother-daughter relationships haunt "Hong's Mother" and "Jia." "White Rabbits" and "Slow Train to Beijing" place the protagonists in Nanjing, where Chai also spent a year abroad. Chai shifts outward in "Tomorrow in Shanghai," portraying a doctor financing his "imminent marriage" by harvesting the organs of executed prisoners. In "Life on Mars," a Chinese teen sent to the U.S. learns that his first lessons will be about race, privilege, and money. Two grad-school friends feel powerless against their sexual-predator professor in "The Monkey King of Sichuan." Chai turns speculative in "The Nanny," in which clones and cyborgs might be the best option for creating families. Deftly woven throughout is the universal longing for connection, between children and parents, wannabe and established lovers, even man and machines. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Chinese Americans > Fiction.
China > Fiction.
Genre: short stories.
Short stories.
Short stories.

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