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This One’s For the Girls

Asians embrace chick lit

The man who grace thinks is the One has finally given her The Ring! She is so blinded by love, she barely registers that he is moving overseas for work and hardly has time to talk to her—or that a leggy blonde appears in nearly all his photos. When Grace surprises him with a visit to Singapore, she suddenly finds herself on a furious chase to save her dream wedding, her sanity and her future children. The plot of Amazing Grace, by Tara FT Sering, bears all the hallmarks of a typical chick-lit novel: a young, fashionable heroine working in a big city; a desperate quest for love; a series of obstacles encountered and overcome. But this story does have one notable difference: it was written by an Asian author for an Asian audience, and the protagonist is Chinese-Filipino. Click here to read more »

How China Sees the U.S. After the Election

December 4, 2008

Economix, New York Times

By HUNG HUANG
Hung Huang is chief executive of the China Interactive Media Group.
The United States presidential election this year was not well publicized in the Chinese press. The day that Barack Obama won the presidency, those of us who were excited had to contain our excitement, since most people had no idea why we were cheering at all.In the weeks since then, I have talked to a lot of local Chinese about Mr. Obama’s victory, and it seems there are generally two responses. The first is, “Does Obama like China? Is he going to be nice to China?” The second is, “If a black guy can become the president of the United States, so can a Chinese, right?”

The lack of excitement miffed me in the beginning until I saw an editorial piece in the Chinese newspaper Global Times. This newspaper carries a digest of the Western press, and its editorial is known to present the party line in Chinese foreign policy. The editorial was entitled “The Arrogance of America.” Its basic theme was that America and the American government have always been superior and self-righteous about democracy and the democratic system — and this intolerance of other political systems has led to the general arrogance of America and Americans around the world. The article goes on to say that the financial crisis should serve as a humble reminder that the American system is not flawless. However, the Obama victory will only boost the American ego and encourage more arrogance in international affairs.

It was then that I understood that the ideological divide between China and the United States was likely to be more pronounced during the Obama administration.

Mr. Obama personifies the resilience of the idea of America and of American democracy. By contrast, the Chinese, I believe, have tried to argue that a democratic political system is not necessary for economic growth and a market economy. In fact, China’s Communist Party argues that China’s economic success proves to us that democratic values are not universal. China is also now the biggest holder of United States debt, which gives it a bit of leverage in this debate.

The financial crisis had further proved to many Chinese that a democratic system has many faults. And the fact that the American government is buying equity shares of major banks, for example, is a sign that at the end of the day, we are all socialists. Indeed, employees of American banks are joking with their Chinese counterparts and saying: “We are the same now. We all work for state-owned enterprises.”

However, the victory of Mr. Obama has shown even the Chinese how inspiring the idea of America is, and can be, and will be. That is why this presidential election was not widely covered by Chinese media.

After the Olympics and the earthquake in Sichuan, most Chinese are pretty nationalistic. Without knowing the difference between a democratic system and the one we live under, most Chinese are quite ready to defend our way of life as well.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/04/how-china-sees-the-us-after-the-electio/

 

Hungry for More: Geling Yan Serves Up a Tasty Tale of Desire and Corruption in China

TIME Magazine Asia

by Don Morrison

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Le Chant des regrets éternels de Wang Anyi

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Nostalgique, mélancolique, ‘Le chant des regrets éternels’ est une complainte qui raconte une double histoire, celle d’une décadence urbaine et celle d’une femme blessée. Sous la plume d’une fine psychologue qui explore les âmes “à petits coups de rames, pour ne pas les effaroucher”.

http://www.evene.fr/livres/livre/wang-anyi-le-chant-des-regrets-eternels-18908.php?critiques

 

La dame de Shanghai

Libération

INTERVIEW Une femme au fil du temps, par la romancière chinoise Wang Anyi.

Par DEVARRIEUX CLAIRE

Fêter les vingt ans de sa maison d’édition en publiant un livre splendide, on ne peut pas dire que l’idée soit mauvaise. Philippe Picquier écrivait en 1996, résumant son catalogue : «L’Asie est assez vaste pour qu’on ne s’occupe que d’elle.» Dix ans plus tard, il s’offre un unique cadeau d’anniversaire, le Chant des regrets éternels. Vous l’emporterez cet été. Click here to read more »