Since retreating from social media, I’m finally getting around to reading my extensive to-read list on Goodreads.
1. Hong Kong 香港
HK was always on my list of places to visit but reading and reviewing Year of Fire Dragons really heightened that desire. When ZJ and I went to Guangzhou and Shenzhen, we were hungry to squeeze in a day in HK, utimately deciding a day would not do the city justice. (We also would need to get a new visa as the tourist visa he received with his HK travel docs expired long ago.)
2. Hangzhou 杭州
Coined “Heaven on Earth,” Hangzhou is home to the West Lake 西湖, an inspiration of poets and painters since the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907). The freshwater lake houses gardens, temples, a tea farm, a spring, tombs, and a museum, surrounded by cloud-laden hills. Bonus: Visiting Hangzhou might result in an encounter with Jocelyn 🙂
Young’s memoir is the first of three memoirs I read (and reread) and mentioned back in July as part of a summer book giveaway. Summer and the giveaway have long gone, yet a review, Young said, would be appreciated whenever it suited me.
This post is part of the official Good Chinese Wife blog tour organized by Speaking of China. For more of the twenty four reviews, insights, interviews with Susan Blumberg-Kason* and the like, check out the list here.
A synopsis of sorts: When Susan, a shy Midwesterner in love with Chinese culture, started grad school in Hong Kong, she quickly fell for Cai, the man of her dreams. As they exchanged vows, Susan was sure her life was perfect…until things took a sinister turn. In her eye-opening memoir, Susan recounts her struggle to be the perfect “Chinese” wife to her increasingly controlling and abusive husband. At first, she dismisses her own values to save the marriage. But when Cai threatens to take their son, Jake, back to China for good, Susan must find the courage to stand up for herself, her son, and her future.
When first approached by Speaking of China to review Good Chinese Wife, my initial excitement soon turned to uneasiness as I began to unravel the similarities between myself and Susan Blumberg-Kason.*