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Sunset in Amsterdam. Photo credit: Karen Kao

Shanghai Noir



Thirty years in this country and I still don't tire of canal scenes. This shot was taken last week during a particularly spectacular sunset over Amsterdam. It doesn't do justice to the range of colors from fuchsia to carmine to umber.

That same range of diversity was present at the Me, Asian?! panel last week. There were lots of (young) writers in the audience struggling with whether or not to play the identity card. You know, the one that lets you present yourself to a journal editor, agent or publisher as an underrepresented voice. I hope we panelists weren't too cynical.

Asian identity is sort of related to this week's blog post. It occurred to me that I've never written about rice and what could possibly be more Asian than that? Have You Eaten Rice Today? is a greeting across Asia where rice is both a staple food and a way to wage war.

When I was gearing up for my guest curation of VERSO last month, I wanted to finish reading Caoilinn Hughes' books. I didn't manage in time for the event but I have now and the wait was more than worth it. Gael Foess is an ambitious, conniving little bitch and the star of Orchid and the Wasp. My kind of gal. Sweet Cheeks is my review of that novel.

To pair it off, I've also reviewed Hughes' poetry collection Gathering Evidence. It's an unusual amalgamation of the hard sciences (physics, astronomy, chemistry) with the flibbertigibbet of poetry. Science is the name of my review.

Enjoy.

Deaths in Venice
Mass: Formulae
Mouthfeel
Fever & Famine
Female Language

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