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Guest Post: Food for Thought – Immigrant Fiction

Today’s guest blogger is the talented Alison Klein, who combines a keen eye for literature with an equally discerning palate. Alison lives in Amsterdam and likes to read in the plane or on her roof terrace, or wherever else books happen to be. Read more

Boba! Boba! Boba!

Some foods are so addictive that they raise the suspicion that they’ve been adulterated in some way. Like the 215 restaurants in southwestern China that were shut down by narcotics police for adding opium to their food. Read more

It’s a Giveaway!!

[This giveaway has ended] No, it’s not a special sale on vegetables (although I must confess that I’ve participated in some of those crazy Asian supermarket runs).  Read more

Dungeness Crab is Delicious

At every single aquarium I’ve visited, from San Francisco to Singapore, I’ve seen Asian people pointing at endangered specimens and saying things like “Ooh, I love this in black bean sauce” Or “I remember when your uncle went fishing and we ate SO many of these things.” Read more

Doing Author-Type Things

As the publication date of my novel looms ever closer (August 2013), one of the things people have asked about is if I am going on a tour.

“What sort of tour?” I said, wondering if I could possibly repeat the first and last time I joined a real sight-seeing tour. Read more

Embracing Your Inner Auntie (or Uncle)

I have now reached the age when I am regularly addressed as “auntie”. Widely used across Asia to refer to a middle-aged lady, this is supposedly a term of respect – or is it? Read more

Self Control is Good for You

Since the arrival of our children, my husband has been steadily pushing a variety of child-rearing books on me. Thoughtful, interesting books like Po Bronson’s Nurture Shock, and Brain Rules for Baby. Unfortunately, I haven’t read any of them. Read more

The Long Winter of Beans

I was preparing to write something serious and literary when I happened to weigh myself this morning. To my horror, I discovered that I had mysteriously gained several pounds overnight. I rushed out to confront my husband.
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Why This Should Be a Cat Blog

I had many good intentions to get some work done when I stumbled upon a blog purportedly written by a cat. Read more

Childhood Books that Frightened You

The other night, I was up reading a Japanese manga that was loosely based on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. I don’t know whether it was the lateness of the hour or the fact that the story seemed much more horrific rendered as a black and white graphic novel, but I was almost too frightened to turn the pages. Read more