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Gail Tsukiyama

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About the Author

Gail Tsukiyama was born in San Francisco, where she later pursued her B. A. and M. A. at San Francisco State University. Tsukiyama is a lecturer at the San Francisco State University and a book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Tsukiyama has written Night of Many Dreams, Women of the Silk, näytä lisää and The Samurai's Garden. She is also the recipient of an Academy of American Poets award. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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San Francisco, California, USA
El Cerrito, California, USA
Napa Valley, California, USA
San Francisco State University (BA|English)
San Francisco State University (MA|English)
freelance book reviewer
Literati Network of Authors
San Francisco State University (faculty)
University of California, Berkeley (faculty)
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Academy of American Poets Award
National Book Festival, Washington DC (2001)
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Gail Tsukiyama was born in San Francisco, her mother a Chinese immigrant, her father Japanese. This multicultural upbringing is reflected in the deeply personal stories about Chinese women which she has been writing since her first novel, WOMEN OF THE SILK, was published in 1991. Tsukiyama considers herself an examiner of what she calls the lives of "early Chinese feminists," as embodied by the silk workers in her first novel. She has also tackled the topics of the differences between Chinese and Japanese culture (THE SAMURAI'S GARDEN) and the daily struggles of young women growing up in World War II Hong Kong (NIGHT OF MANY DREAMS.) "It has given me a greater sense of who I am, just in realizing what these Chinese women silk workers went through in order to make a life for themselves."



Ok book. Predictable
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kakadoo202 | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 12, 2023 |
This is a beautiful, short read. Read it twice, and will probably read it again.
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MickeyMole | 58 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 2, 2023 |
This could have been an interesting story, but I couldn't get into the writing. Telling of the events during an eruption in Hawaii in 1935, this concentrates on the Japanese who moved to work on the sugar cane plantations. It felt that there were too many perspectives, the chapters were very short and even those were broken into sub chapters. It felt like it was written for a very short attention span, it simply didn't have enough depth to immerse yourself in. Everyone has a deep dark secret or hidden trauma, and it relies on that to drive the story forward. It just didn't work for me.… (lisätietoja)
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Helenliz | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 13, 2023 |
audio historical fiction ~9.5 hours (silent film era Chinese-American international film star Anna May Wong tells her life story as she prepares to write an autobiography)

I generally don't take as well to historical fiction that is based on actual events, because it always feels too didactic: "This is what happened; this is how things were at the time; this is how I reacted." But Tsukiyama and narrator Cindy Kay do a great job of combining history with storytelling that is very readable and doesn't feel too forced, if fictionalized biography is your thing.

If you, like me, would prefer a readable nonfiction biography, and not have to wonder about which bits are true and which are fictionalized, I highly recommend Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong's Rendezvous with American History by noted Chinese-American historian/author Yunte Huang, which gives careful and thorough attention to the forms of racism that were present in AMW's time and which affected her family and others, as well as a lively and well-researched account of her life.
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reader1009 | 1 muu arvostelu | Aug 23, 2023 |



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