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Sparks Book Club: A Thread of Sky

The air at top of the Golden Mountains, a must-see scenic highlight of Huangshan, China, is cold, wet and thin. In Deanna Fei’s debut novel, “A Thread of Sky,” a family of six women from three generations reluctantly comes together for a vacation in their ancestral mainland China. Irene, a

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Sparks Book Club: Everything I Never Told You

“Everything I Never Told You” is Celeste Ng’s first novel, coming from a background of only published short stories. Ng’s debut novel won Amazon Book of the Year 2014, beating well-known author Stephen King and others. Ng centers her novel on the different perspectives of the Lee family dealing with

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Sparks Book Club: A Good Fall

In the short story collection “A Good Fall,” Chinese author Ha Jin weaves a relatable and thought-provoking narrative. It addresses the different struggles Chinese immigrants in the United States face in their daily lives. The stories are told in both first and third person, leading some to feel more personal

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Sparks Book Club: The Lowland

Across two continents and approximately two lifetimes, Jhumpa Lahiri’s tale of the Mitra family unfolds in “The Lowland.” Brothers Subhash and Udayan grow up in Calcutta, after India has gained independence from Britain. During this time period, the Naxalite movement, a Communist guerilla group fighting to abolish landholdings and rebel

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Book Review: Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey

Book Review: Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey

The Vietnam War ended 39 year ago. However, its influences are still being explored by Vietnamese American writers today, such as in G.B. Tran’s 2001 nonfictional graphic novel “Vietnamerica.” This novel is about his family. He is the main character, who goes to Vietnam after the death of his maternal

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Book Review: Slant: A Novel

Book Review: Slant: A Novel

Any work starring a gay Asian American male is rare in the current literary market. However, writer Timothy Wang seeks to challenge this scarcity with “Slant: A Novel.” Published in 2011, the story is about James, a gay Chinese American student living in Boston. This coming-of-age tale meshes together the

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Video: Rock & Roll in China

Video: Rock & Roll in China

Jonathan Campbell, a musician who worked in China for 10 years, visits the UF campus to tell his story about his immersion in the Rock & Roll Scene in China.

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