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The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee Observations on Not Fitting In Witty original and authentic A fresh young Chinese American voice Adeline Yen Mah author of Falling LeavesAs the daughter of a Chinese American mother and a Norwegian father Paisley Rekdal grew u

  • Title: The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee: Observations on Not Fitting In
  • Author: Paisley Rekdal
  • ISBN: 9780375409370
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee: Observations on Not Fitting In By Paisley Rekdal, Witty, original, and authentic A fresh, young Chinese American voice Adeline Yen Mah, author of Falling LeavesAs the daughter of a Chinese American mother and a Norwegian father, Paisley Rekdal grew up wondering where she fit in The essays in this, her shimmering nonfiction debut, tackle thorny issues race and identity politics, interracial desire, what it means to Witty, original, and authentic A fresh, young Chinese American voice Adeline Yen Mah, author of Falling LeavesAs the daughter of a Chinese American mother and a Norwegian father, Paisley Rekdal grew up wondering where she fit in The essays in this, her shimmering nonfiction debut, tackle thorny issues race and identity politics, interracial desire, what it means to be a hyphenated American with a fresh, feisty, and very funny new perspective.Rekdal s family history is, as she describes it, complicated and vaguely dangerous, and at the center of this strange world is her mother a smart, stubborn, complex woman who adores her daughter Rekdal exposes the foibles of family, friends, and lovers, but never spares herself, capturing both global and personal struggles with a critical, compassionate and humorous lens The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee flows effortlessly from stunning cultural observation to a recollection of an embarrassing travel anecdote Her destinations vary widely a classroom in South Korea, a Japanese family s living room, Main Street in Natchez, Mississippi, a Taipei shopping mall, a beach in the Philippines, and even her own bedroom In each, she explores the vast differences between cultures, the feeling of being an outsider, the constant battle to understand and be understood.The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee proves that shifting the frames of identity can be tricky, exhilarating and revelatory.

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    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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 race, and [...]

    5. 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 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 controlled [...]

    6. 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 than one thing In Korea, she is re [...]

    7. I wish I could say I enjoyed this book 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 with t [...]

    8. 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 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 Asian Ame [...]

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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 structured organizing principle Though this is memoir, Rekdal has the voice of a fiction writer with room to grow.

    12. 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.

    13. I thought this would be 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.

    14. 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.

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