Posted on 18 July 2011.
Dori Jones Yang and book cover, Voices of the Second Wave
“Voices of the Second Wave: Chinese Americans in Seattle,” compiled by Dori Jones Yang, is a collection of life stories of 35 people who came to the United States from China between 1934 and 1968. Based on oral interviews, this book captures the voices of a “lost generation” of immigrants, who, although cut off from their homeland and unable to completely integrate into American society, contributed greatly to the United States.
Yang, a former foreign correspondent in Hong Kong, now lives in the Seattle area. Fluent in Mandarin, she conducted the interviews in English and polished and edited each of the stories. Her book is available through Amazon.com. ♦
Posted in Names in the News, Vol 30 No 29 | 7/16-7/22
Posted on 03 February 2011.
Dori Jones Yang
Eastside author Dori Jones Yang had her latest young adult novel, “Daughter of Xanadu,” published.
“Xanadu” is about the granddaughter of Khubilai Khan. The story focuses on a cross-cultural romance. Previously, Yang wrote “The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang.”
Yang is fluent in Mandarin and is a former Business Week (Hong Kong-based) correspondent. ♦
Posted in Names in the News, Vol 30 No 6 | 2/5-2/11
Posted on 07 October 2010.
By Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly
“Kept: A Comedy of Sex and Manners”
By Y. Euny Hong
Simon & Schuster, 2006
As a direct descendent of Korean royalty and a member of the country’s aristocracy, Judith Lee is used to the finer things in life. As a result, the 26-year-old is not prepared for the real world when her parents cut her off and she is left to fend for herself in the Big Apple.
With her source of income unexpectedly drying up, Judith quickly finds herself in debt to the tune of $55,000. Despite a degree from Yale, Jude is ill-equipped to land a job. Having been born with a sense of entitlement, she deems herself exempt from working.
She eventually finds work as a courtesan for Madame Tartakov, a Russian woman who runs a high-end brothel employing young women with debt like Jude’s.
Jude believes that she’s found the perfect job until she falls in love with Joshua, a man outside of her clientele and her class. She is soon questioning her place in the world as an “aristo.” Her desire to step out from Madame Tartakov’s grasp grows, as she curses the impracticality of her upbringing. Read the full story
Posted in On the Shelf, Vol 29 No 41 | 10/9-10/15