Book review: ‘The Freedom…Cage’ by Luong Ung-Lai

By Kenny Yim 2015/05/08 (click date for original article, including translation in Chinese)   Bring a strong head and soft heart when you read Luong Ung-Lai’s “The Freedom…Cage.” Although the production costs for the book were low, Lai’s story of deep personal loss is not just about economic loss. This book is mostly set during the… Continue reading Book review: ‘The Freedom…Cage’ by Luong Ung-Lai

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Book review: ‘Transoceanic Lights’ by S. Li

Transoceanic Lights by S. Li

By Kenny Yim 2015/04/17 (click date for original article, including translation in Chinese) Tolstoy begins “Anna Karenina” with “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Fast forward 100 years to the humble origins of an immigrant Chinese family in Boston, and you’ll be in the territory of “Transoceanic Lights,”… Continue reading Book review: ‘Transoceanic Lights’ by S. Li

Book review: ‘A Map of Betrayal’ by Ha Jin

By Kenny Yim 2015/01/23 (click date for original article, including translation in Chinese)   As you read Ha Jin’s latest novel, “A Map of Betrayal” (Pantheon Books), you’ll find yourself divided between two main characters. Deciding which one you will identify with — the Chinese father Gary Shang or daughter Lilian Shang — is one of… Continue reading Book review: ‘A Map of Betrayal’ by Ha Jin

Book review: Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You

By Kenny Yim 2014/08/08 (click date for original article) Celeste Ng’s novel, “Everything I Never Told You,” is a brisk timely tale of racial conflict and filial expectations. Though heavy themes, she has a light and sure-footed touch, a masterful talent for plotting that makes the pages turn. And as in all good stories, the characters… Continue reading Book review: Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You