Koreans in Japan

Pachinko  by Min Jin Lee All four generations from a Korean family suffered from legal and social discrimination from Japanese during and after the war. Historical victims as they are, yet the whole family was brave and wouldn’t give up hope. Sunjia maybe poor and desperate, yet she was an honest person who earn her own living through […]

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On the Road

The Alice Network – A Novel  by Kate Quinn Audiobookread by Saskia Maarleveld 1947, American college girl Charlie, while pregnant, found out a town’s history of war in searching for her cousin Rose. Eve Gardiner worked together with Lili during WW1 into a female spy ring called The Alice Network. Unexpected ending. Good story.

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Bitter Times

Shanghai Girls  by Lisa See Timeline: Beautiful girls in Shanghai – father gambled and forced them married to brothers – Japanese invaded and the mother and elder sister being raped – sisters got in the US – little sister got the baby girl – all the hard life in Chinatown, all three generations suffered from unfair […]

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Girlish

The Crocodile on the Sandbank, Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1  by Elizabeth Peters Audiobook read by Barbara Rosenblat It is not charming at all for girls to be silly and label themselves with childish stupidity.

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Akaha

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane  by Lisa See Timeline: Akaha girl’s daily life in her tribe -gave away her baby –  learn and married and left hometown and then return – tea business – find the baby Akaha cultures and three generation’s life entwined with tea.  

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Resentment

The Atomic Weight of Love  by Elizabeth J Church Human beings get old and die in such a short time. Do we really have free will ? Will there always be another choice? But still I believe that it will make a difference if one is determined to change or to adapt, either is fine enough […]

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Life and Nothing

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry  by Rachel Joyce Audio book read by Jim Broadbent Different persons lead different lives, bearing different stories with others, troubling by different agony. every time read this book again, it feels good as once it was.  

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Break Free

Under the Visible Life  by Kim Echlin Well everybody dies in the end after struggling to break free or convincing oneself not to struggle because of “responsibility”. Katherine, half Canadian and half Chinese -her mother and her struggled through 1950’s hostile – married and had children – the husband  got addicted and constantly stay somewhere […]

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The History of Bees

The History of Bees  by Maja Lunde Audio book read by Joy Osmanski, Gibson Frazier and Steve West Fascinating stories, and even more is that all three stories in different time and space intertwined in the end in an unbelievable way. Interesting to find the book of the same name to be found by Tao in […]

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