No matter how uncomfortable the world of these women can be, this excessiveness in oversharing is necessary to illustrate that women can be just as brutish, depressed, and confused as they are sensual, maternal, and sensitive. These characters are alive and can be found just by walking down the street; their identities are not exclusively defined by the perceived attractiveness of their physical self. Kawakami doesn’t want us to just empathize with these women but to deconstruct our previous misconceptions of the modern woman.
Casey Huang interviews Chinese American @twirlingpages and Taiwanese American @readbytiffany, founders of the distinctively approachable @
subtleasianbookclub. They discuss thoughtful community-building and the meaning of YA literature in the cultivation of an Asian diasporic consciousness. Plus, see what novels these bookstagrammers recommend.
Believe it or not, this virtual movement has taught us to deal with self-doubt and discrimination, instead of dismantling the social structures that perpetuate them
Instead of instigating more opposition from the accused, the room for growth benefits all. Are we more interested in guilt or growth?
For many people like me, mahjong is more than just a game.