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great fun identity book
A series of essays as this young women works to define and find herself. A lot of self examination and honesty. She talks about herself at home in Seattle, in S. Korea, in Japan and in the US . Her view of the South matches my own prejudices.
Read for my Asian American Autobiography seminar. Rekdal's prose is crisp, poetic, and haunting. The essays can stand alone yet still work well together. A few flaws: she clearly keeps the reader at a distance and doesn't really explore her identity struggles/emotions in depth. I would still recommend it.
Liked the cover, the title and the price--$1 at thrift store. Something kept me reading this book--perhaps it's ease and to some extent the topic--inter-racial issues--but I was disappointed in all of the above.. just sort of dull.
Solid collection of essays - I'd be interested in reading more of her autobiographical stories.
I totally relate to so many of the stories in this book from my experiences in Thailand. This book inspired me to continue writing my own story.
With witty and engaging prose, "The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee" is an incredible reflection on racial identity. Each chapter jumps to a different moment in the author's life, and so feels like a collection of memories, with each one connected through the theme of "not fitting in," as the title suggests. Even though it jumps through in this non-linear fashion, the author keeps it all together through that common thread, and includes a few concluding thoughts about what it means to be mixed rac...
I love Rekdal's poetry, but this essay collection is not doing it for me -- it is very flat, monotone, everything grey and grim, but even more than all of that, it feels so much like a product of a particular school of writing. I don't find anything personal in the pieces, no spark, nothing catches fire, which is a very large contrast to her intense, colourful, passionate poetry. I wonder if she wrote these essays now if they would have that same sense of flatness to them? I was about to write '...
A frank exploration from Rekdal that not only ponders who am I? but what am I? Daughter of Americans but when one parent, still US- born, is of Chinese descent and the daughter appears Chinese and not-Chinese, the writer shares her reflections on identity across various culturally distinct spaces. Part travel narrative, Rekdal shares her insights about herself and others expectations for her from Taiwan and Korea to Mississippi.
Interesting read about a mixed race woman somehow searching for her ethnic identity. The books is filled with snippets of memories and adventures, not always in the same era. The author seems angry much of the time, but perhaps comes to terms with herself at the end.
The essays in this collection are meditations upon race and identity that arise from Redkal's travels abroad in Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and the Phillipines. As the child of a bi-racial marriage, the author sticks out whether in Asia or in the U.S. The author confronts stereotypes and biases amongst her agemates in Japan who insist on her "Americanness" despite having a Chinese mother who speaks Chinese - they are simply unable to conceive of a person as being both, or more than one thing. In Korea...
I wish I could say I enjoyed this book more than I did. I had read some of Paisley Rekdal's poetry books and was interested in reading this mainly because of her time spent in South Korea, which I can identify with having studied abroad there. And to a degree, I enjoyed reading her reflections on Korea and could smile at some our similar experiences, but I felt like overall she had a very negative and paranoid view of everything that was happening around her, and after a while I felt frustrated
I don't know if this is one of the best books I have ever read, but it definitely got me thinking and comes to mind often. Rekdal is the daughter of a Chinese mother and a white European father. Although she is half Chinese, she looks more like her father. One of the most interesting stories is about the trip she took with her mother to China. Another interesting story is about an experience as an exchange student in Japan. The work explores important questions about race and identity. What does...
I wish I could give this three and a half stars—though, in fairness, it has been a couple of years since I read it. It's a beautiful, fascinating, insightful work that I think off often. But somehow it just didn't coalesce into quite the whole it seemed to want to be... Definitely a worthy read, however.
Would give it 3.5; my default rating. Writes well and often evocative. But choppy; overly long descriptions; not sure where she's going with the book other than obsessing over her race. Does not appear to be a particularly nice person. Pretty self involved.
I found the writing style and insights largely uneven though beautiful at times. Although frequent chapter breaks make for easy reading, the book would be served by a more structured organizing principle. Though this is memoir, Rekdal has the voice of a fiction writer with room to grow.
Intelligent, probing essays in which Rekdal muses about "not fitting in," as a young biracial woman, in both Asian societies (Japan, Korea, Taiwan) and at home in Seattle. Rekdal's writing is vibrant and supple -- as are the relationships she describes.
Disappointing read. I'd hoped for a memoir but this was a collection of essays.
I thought the world of Bruce.
prefer her poetry over her prose
I thought this would be more like a memoir, but it turned out to be an interesting collection of essays on identity and race. Parts of it felt a bit tedious, but overall it is well-done.
It took waaaaaaaaaaaay too long to read this book. I think I had about 50 pages to go when I had to return it to the library. I was never motivated to try to go back and check it out again.