Over the weekend I read Mr. Ding's Chicken Feet: On a slow boat from Shanghai to Texas (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006) by Gillian Kendall. It's a short read, about 240 quick pages and kept my attention from start to finish.Kendall wasn't the first 30 year old American … [Read more...]
First day of spring!
In Chicago we celebrated the last official day of winter with temperatures in the high 60s, plenty of sunshine, and tulip leaves sprouting through thawed soil. But alas, as most Chicago springs go, a wintry mix of snow and wind is in the weekend forecast.When I first heard … [Read more...]
Happy International Women’s Day
I didn't learn about International Women's Day until I moved to Hong Kong. While it wasn't a popular holiday there, my classmates from China always wished me a Happy International Women's Day on March 8th.Interestingly, according to danwei.org:March 8, or 'san ba' in … [Read more...]
Hidden River, Hubei province, 1995 I'm excited. Whenever a new book about China comes out, I try to restrain myself from logging onto Amazon and buying it before checking the queue at my local library. Or packing my three kids into the Subaru and driving six miles to our closest … [Read more...]
Welcome to my new website!
I just finished the manuscript of my memoir--tentatively titled BOUNDARY STREET--and am excited to launch this new website! Besides the writing clips, interviews, and photos on the site, I will update this blog frequently.This street sign stands on the former border … [Read more...]
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