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September harvest. Photo credit: Karen Kao

Shanghai Noir

The Dancing Girl and the Turtle: publication date 01.04.2017

It's harvest time in my garden. Cherry tomatoes, green beans and chives. Loads of cucumbers and basil, too. Every morning, I'm in the garden looking to harvest another crop.

That will have to wait for now. By the time you read this newsletter, I'll be in LA. Mom is turning 80 this month, a serious milestone worth celebrating. And how are we going to do that? With food, of course.

And not just any kind of food. A Chinese Banquet is the proper way to celebrate a birthday, the death of a concubine or a military victory. You can read how the Yellow Emperor used to please a crowd and how I do that in my own home. In the former case, I'm relying on a culinary history of China with the fabulous title Slippery Noodles. Here's my book review: Chinese Cooking.

Now that I'm on the road, I'll be taking a break from this blog. Just two weeks, jet lag permitting. And when I get back, you'll hear all about my adventures in the Great State of Texas.

And then there's this. On 15 September, Nunum.ca is going to publish my short story "Frogs" in their Fall issue. I'm so pleased and grateful to finally see this story in print, especially since it's taken me 7 years to write. Sometime soon thereafter, Global Voices will republish my blog post on the plight of the Uighurs. Check it out!

In the meantime, it's hasta la vista, baby.

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