Save me from the smell of Chao dou fu. I know so many people love it but it honestly just makes me gag. And no 老师 I don’t need to just “try it.”
This is starting to feel like YA Joy Luck Club and I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT.
TONE MARKS EVERYONE WE HAVE TONE MARKS ON THE PINYIN.
Even in my distant childhood memories, I still remember wishing I had blue eyes and blonde hair because it was pretty. Which it is, but East Asians are pretty too. But no child should be made to feel that way.
“Oh I’m a white boy and I’m interesting and cooler than you because I dated an EXOTIC Asian woman we had to do it in secret that’s how high risk it was.” Ya, no one is clapping for you sit down.
Stop. Her dance class is so precious I want to cry.
“One older woman openly cackled, taking full advantage of her revered elderly status.” LOOOLL, I had a friend who said when they were elderly they were going to just cut in line and no one would be able to do anything because they’re old.
I feel for Darren, I really do. He has literally nothing to do with what happened in WW2. But there’s nothing he can do.
I know their parents mean well, but they’re a little extreme in how they show love. I think if you are scared of your parents, no matter the culture, it’s not an altogether healthy relationship.
Oh my gosh, I feel so bad for Esther. I mean I also come from a culture in the US where you HAVE to have children. But it’s nothing this extreme. I swear I’ll never complain about people badgering me again.
STOP why are Mei and Darren so cute together??
“I haven’t seen inside yet.” Crying. Just crying. (160)
I love how her relationship with her roommate turns around and now they’re best friends.
Okay, so I was so engrossed in the book I didn’t take notes.
8/10—I love the ending. It’s perfect. I love how she didn’t need Darren to find herself but that deciding she wanted him was part of finding herself, if that makes sense. It probably doesn’t, oh well.
I love how much her relationship with her mother evolves in just a few chapters. It really shows you how much a relationship can improve when you listen to each other. The situation with her dad is so sad, but cognitive dissonance is a real beast.
And her relationship with her brother is adorable. He is so pure and I love his and Esther’s relationship.
Also the discussion of the East Asian American experience here is TOP NOTCH like name a more iconic book. You can’t. Period. But hopefully not “the end.”
I know this hasn’t been published yet, but I really want another book about Mei’s second year.