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By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic Story by Ginnie Lo, Illustrations by Beth Lo Lee & Low Books, 2012 While growing up in a small town in Indiana, Jinyi and Pei’s family would often make the three-hour drive to visit their mother’s sister, Auntie Yang, and her family just outside […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 33 No 2 | 1/4-1/101 Comment

Book recommendations

Book recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya By Nagaru Tanigawa Little, Brown and Company, 2013 In the latest installment in the Haruhi Suzumiya series, we find the SOS Brigade (Save the World By Overloading It With Fun Haruhi Suzumiya) entering a new school year. As brigade chief Haruhi, resident alien Yuki […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 50 | 12/7-12/131 Comment

Young people against the world — Book Recommendations

Young people against the world — Book Recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery By M. Evelina Galang Coffee House Press, 2013 Angel de la Luna’s life begins to fall apart the day her father disappears. As a man who drove tourists and travelers throughout Manila, it was not unusual for him to be […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 46 | 11/9-11/151 Comment

NWAW’s October book recommendations

NWAW’s October book recommendations

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Take Me Out to the Yakyu By Aaron Meshon Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013 Although baseball may be America’s pastime, the sport’s appeal has expanded to include a global audience.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 41 | 10/5-10/111 Comment

Three stories on a parent’s love

Three stories on a parent’s love

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Favorite Daughter By Allen Say Author A. Levine Books, 2013 With a name like Yuriko and a home in San Francisco, it’s safe to say you’re not going to meet many people who share your name. And for Yuriko, that has always been just fine.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 38 | 9/14-9/201 Comment

Stories from a second home

Stories from a second home

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Celestials By Karen Shepard Tin House Books, 2013 In June 1870, Calvin Sampson hired 75 Chinese laborers in North Adams, Mass. to work at his factory. What the men didn’t know was that they were strikebreakers, or part of what Sampson called his “Chinese experiment.” The influx of […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 32 | 8/3-8/92 Comments

Stories of spirituality

Stories of spirituality

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly In the Shadow of the Buddha, One Man’s Journey of Discovery in Tibet By Matteo Pistono Plume, 2012 When Matteo Pistono first traveled to Tibet, he went as a Buddhist pilgrim. But after living among Tibetans and hearing their stories, he spent nearly 10 years smuggling out photos of […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 28 | 7/6-7/121 Comment

‘AUX ARCS’ is a bend in the river

‘AUX ARCS’ is a bend in the river

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly Texas and Arkansas aren’t known for their Asian Americans populations. Working and living there can be eye-opening experiences, as it was for Seattle-based writer Shin Yu Pai, whose latest poetry collection, AUX ARCS, releases in July. The collection encompasses her experiences living and working in the two states, spotlighting […]

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Posted in Arts & Entertainment, On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 27 | 6/29-7/51 Comment

Ordinary people, extraordinary feats — This month’s book picks from the Northwest Asian Weekly

Ordinary people, extraordinary feats — This month’s book picks from the Northwest Asian Weekly

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Paper Daughter By Jeanette Ingold Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010 While her friends and classmates look forward to a summer filled with fun and relaxation, Maggie Chen is looking forward to a summer filled with hard work at her internship at the Seattle-area Herald newspaper. But along with excitement of […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 24 | 6/8-6/142 Comments

Three tales of two countries

Three tales of two countries

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Man Who Dammed the Yangtze By Alex Kuo Haven Books, 2011 In the Chinese city of Changchun, there lives a woman named Ge. In the city of Oshkosh, Wis., there lives a Chinese-American man named G.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 20 | 5/11-5/171 Comment

Three tales of folk and fantasy

Three tales of folk and fantasy

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Forgotten Country By Catherine Chung Riverhead Books, 2012 Ever since the Japanese occupation in Korea, each generation in Janie’s family has lost a daughter. Because of this, Janie is charged, at a very young age, to protect and keep her sister Hannah safe. When Hannah suddenly cuts all ties […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 16 | 4/13-4/191 Comment

3 stories on friendship — Some relationships strengthen and some don’t

3 stories on friendship — Some relationships strengthen and some don’t

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Pearl of China By Anchee Min Bloomsbury, 2010 In the southern Chinese town of Chin-kiang during the late 19th century, two young girls meet. The first girl is Willow, the only child of a destitute family. The second girl is Pearl, the daughter of American missionaries working to spread […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 11 | 3/9-3/151 Comment

Love, it’s complicated

Love, it’s complicated

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Tiger’s Destiny By Colleen Houck Splinter, 2012 It’s three quests down and one to go for Kelsey Hayes, Ren, and Kishan, as they continue to work to break the curse that forces the two brothers to live part of their days as tigers. In the last three books in […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 7 | 2/9-2/151 Comment

Short stories for a fast new year

Short stories for a fast new year

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya By Nagaru Tanigawa Little, Brown and Company, 2012 The SOS Brigade is back. This time around, they’re up against a student council president bent on shutting down the literature club — and by extension the SOS Brigade as they have commandeered the club’s room […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 32 No 3 | 1/12-1/180 Comments

Living life after loss

Living life after loss

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Isle of Dreams By Keizo Hino Dakley Archive Press, 2010 Shozo Sakai hasn’t seen much change in his life. He’s worked at the same construction firm for years, he has no ambitions of moving up the corporate ladder or pursuing a specific career, and  he has lived in the […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 51 | 12/15-12/211 Comment

Strength in Youth — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

Strength in Youth — NWAW’s monthly must-reads

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Saraswati’s Way By Monika Schroder Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 Akash, a 12-year-old boy living in a small village in the Indian desert, is not like the other kids. First of all, he loves school and would rather spend his days in a classroom absorbing knowledge than playing cricket […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 45 | 11/3-11/91 Comment

Scandals and mysteries abound in this month’s recommended reads

Scandals and mysteries abound in this month’s recommended reads

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Tokyo Heist By Diana Renn Viking, 2012 When Violet Rossi, a lover of all things Japan, finds out her father is commissioned to paint a mural in Tokyo, the 16-year-old is thrilled.

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 37 | 9/8-9/141 Comment

Rooting for the underdogs in this month’s book selections

Rooting for the underdogs in this month’s book selections

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever By David Yoo Grand Central Publishing, 2012 Growing up, David Yoo hated everything that identified him as Asian: his slanted eyes, his slight frame, and others’ assumptions that he was academically gifted. So in an effort to buck the model minority […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 32 | 8/4-8/101 Comment

Pictures worth a thousand words — Characters, mangrove trees, and teen romance flourish in pictures and words

Pictures worth a thousand words — Characters, mangrove trees, and teen romance flourish in pictures and words

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya By Nagaru Tanigawa Little, Brown and Company, 2012 For the first time since Kyon met her, Haruhi Suzumiya seems content with her life. She’s not forcing the SOS Brigade (Save the World By Overloading It With Fun Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade) to participate in any […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 28 | 7/7-7/132 Comments

Stories of war and survival

Stories of war and survival

By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “Burmese Refugees: Letters from the Thai-Burma Border” Edited by T. F. Rhoden and T. L. S. Rhoden Digital Lycanthrope LLC, 2011 From former student activists and a monk escaping persecution, to a politician’s son and a typical teenage girl caught in a bad situation, the people who reside in […]

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Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 31 No 24 | 6/9-6/151 Comment

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