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Chinese immigrant family after Tiananmen Square. Owns restaurant wants to be poet. Baffled by white friends who adopt a Chinese baby.
posted Aug 20, 2007 at 9:00AM
Laura P. said:
An outstanding story of Chinese immigrants "living the American dream" in Boston and then Georgia. Terrific, complex characters stuggle with their relationships with their new and old countries and with each other. The story focuses on Nan, the husband and father. Once a student directed by China to study Political Science he drops out and opts to stay in America after Tiananmen. He learns to be a chef and later opens his own restaurant in Georgia with wife PingPing. What he really wants to do is write poetry. He struggles to do so, seeking strong emotion which he hopes will inspire him. Eventually he learns, as most of us do, that ideals of passion and love and a worry-free life may not be attainable and that inspiration can be found close at hand with our loved ones and that few people reach the ideal of the American dream. The glory is in the striving.
posted Jul 6, 2012 at 12:25PM
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Left China for a fresh start in the United States; drops out of grad school; hopes to find his voice as a poet; buys a Chinese restaurant; tension between his literary hopes and his career as well as within his marriage; still feels ties to his homeland; stil lin love with a woman who rejected him in his youth.