Susan Blumberg-Kason

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Review | Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao is a fun and flirty Asian-American romantic comedy

Gloria Chao’s latest novel tells the story of Chloe Wang, a student who hires a fake partner to divert her parents’ attention from her single status.

Gloria Chao’s latest novel tells the story of Chloe Wang, a student who hires a fake partner to divert her parents’ attention from her single status.

Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao is a fun and flirty Asian-American romantic comedy
14 Dec 2020 - 4:18PM
Review | Democracy movement in China in 1978-1979 recalled in memoir of a foreign student in Shanghai who witnessed it

As one of just 22 foreign students in Shanghai in 1978 and early 1979, Anne E. McLaren witnessed the city’s nascent democracy movement, expressed through protest posters.

As one of just 22 foreign students in Shanghai in 1978 and early 1979, Anne E. McLaren witnessed the city’s nascent democracy movement, expressed through protest posters.

Democracy movement in China in 1978-1979 recalled in memoir of a foreign student in Shanghai who witnessed it
20 Jul 2020 - 6:47PM
Review | Why Jewish refugees in World War II fled safety of Shanghai for Macau

Macau saw a deluge of refugees reach its shores during World War II, increasing its population from less than 200,000 to 700,000. Among them were European Jewish refugees from fascism arriving from Shanghai.

Macau saw a deluge of refugees reach its shores during World War II, increasing its population from less than 200,000 to 700,000. Among them were European Jewish refugees from fascism arriving from Shanghai.

Why Jewish refugees in World War II fled safety of Shanghai for Macau
5 Nov 2020 - 9:10PM
Review | Grief and guilt led ex-Hongkonger to start climbing mountains. She’s written a book about her feats, full of poignant memories of growing up in the city

Sophie Cairns wasn’t there for her father when he died suddenly. To deal with her grief the Hong Kong-raised journalist started climbing, and scaled the tallest volcanoes on seven continents for a cancer charity. She’s written an eloquent book about the quest.

Sophie Cairns wasn’t there for her father when he died suddenly. To deal with her grief the Hong Kong-raised journalist started climbing, and scaled the tallest volcanoes on seven continents for a cancer charity. She’s written an eloquent book about the quest.

Grief and guilt led ex-Hongkonger to start climbing mountains. She’s written a book about her feats, full of poignant memories of growing up in the city
27 Apr 2020 - 9:40PM
Review | How a white woman’s memoir of abuse while travelling in Asia became a journey to self-forgiveness

The Lotus Eaters by Emily Clements tells the story of a young woman travelling in Southeast Asia who is confused about her future, her sexuality and her relationships, but comes to a better understanding of herself.

The Lotus Eaters by Emily Clements tells the story of a young woman travelling in Southeast Asia who is confused about her future, her sexuality and her relationships, but comes to a better understanding of herself.

How a white woman’s memoir of abuse while travelling in Asia became a journey to self-forgiveness
11 Mar 2020 - 7:32PM
Chinese-American teens explore their cultural ties to Taiwan via ‘love boat’ programme in fiction Loveboat, Taipei

Taiwan’s ‘love boat’ heritage programme sent many Chinese-American teens to Taiwan to learn about where they or their parents came from. Abigail Hing Wen’s debut young adult novel, Loveboat, Taipei, follows one such teen on her journey.

Taiwan’s ‘love boat’ heritage programme sent many Chinese-American teens to Taiwan to learn about where they or their parents came from. Abigail Hing Wen’s debut young adult novel, Loveboat, Taipei, follows one such teen on her journey.

Chinese-American teens explore their cultural ties to Taiwan via ‘love boat’ programme in fiction Loveboat, Taipei
14 Jan 2020 - 10:08AM
Review | Secondhand: book shows how donated and discarded items are treated around the world

Adam Minter travels the globe following used and donated goods to their final destinations. He looks at how attitudes to used products differ in Asia, the US, Europe and Africa.

Adam Minter travels the globe following used and donated goods to their final destinations. He looks at how attitudes to used products differ in Asia, the US, Europe and Africa.

Secondhand: book shows how donated and discarded items are treated around the world
30 Oct 2019 - 4:32AM
‘How I learned dark meant ugly’: Asian-Americans’ graphic memoirs about race relations in US

George Takei – Sulu from Star Trek – recounts in stunning style his early years interned in a wartime camp for Japanese Americans, while Indian-American Mira Jacob vividly illustrates the contradictions of race in conversations with her son.

George Takei – Sulu from Star Trek – recounts in stunning style his early years interned in a wartime camp for Japanese Americans, while Indian-American Mira Jacob vividly illustrates the contradictions of race in conversations with her son.

‘How I learned dark meant ugly’: Asian-Americans’ graphic memoirs about race relations in US
27 Aug 2019 - 7:03AM
Review | How sex and love in China has changed: from sexless arranged marriages to online dating

Author Xinran Xue spoke to four generations of women from the same family in China about sex, emotions and love. Her book shows how long it took women to gain a measure of control over their marriages.

Author Xinran Xue spoke to four generations of women from the same family in China about sex, emotions and love. Her book shows how long it took women to gain a measure of control over their marriages.

How sex and love in China has changed: from sexless arranged marriages to online dating
27 Feb 2019 - 10:32AM
Review | Struggles of a Hongkonger’s Chinese ‘second wife’ in US realistically portrayed in debut novel

Story of Shenzhen factory worker made pregnant by a Hong Kong businessman, her time as a birth tourist in the US and her attempt to make a life there is compelling and believable, if you discount its prince charming aspect.

Story of Shenzhen factory worker made pregnant by a Hong Kong businessman, her time as a birth tourist in the US and her attempt to make a life there is compelling and believable, if you discount its prince charming aspect.

Struggles of a Hongkonger’s Chinese ‘second wife’ in US realistically portrayed in debut novel
2 Oct 2018 - 9:18PM
Review | China land protest leader’s pursuit of American dream a textbook story of immigrant grit

Book about land-grab protest leader Zhuang Liehong’s defection to US with his wife, their claim for political asylum and how they found a ready support network in a New York Chinatown shows how immigration works

Book about land-grab protest leader Zhuang Liehong’s defection to US with his wife, their claim for political asylum and how they found a ready support network in a New York Chinatown shows how immigration works

China land protest leader’s pursuit of American dream a textbook story of immigrant grit
24 May 2018 - 9:20PM