Miah

Miah Fiction Asian American Studies MIAH means fate in Taiwanese Spanning much of the twentieth century these linked subtly understated stories trace the destinies of simple folk from the brutal Japanese

  • Title: Miah
  • Author: Julia Lin
  • ISBN: 9781894770996
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fiction Asian American Studies MIAH means fate in Taiwanese Spanning much of the twentieth century, these linked, subtly understated stories trace the destinies of simple folk from the brutal Japanese occupation of the early twentieth century through to the White Terror of the exiled Chinese Mainlanders and the Kuomintang, and finally to modern Taiwan and Canada.InFiction Asian American Studies MIAH means fate in Taiwanese Spanning much of the twentieth century, these linked, subtly understated stories trace the destinies of simple folk from the brutal Japanese occupation of the early twentieth century through to the White Terror of the exiled Chinese Mainlanders and the Kuomintang, and finally to modern Taiwan and Canada.In the powerfully gripping MIAH, a girl from Vancouver accompanies her mother to Taiwan for her grandmother Ah Mah s funeral There she discovers the tragic story of Fifth Uncle, who was hounded by Kuomintang forces until he took pesticides and died In The Colonel and Mrs Wang a Mainlander officer and his Taiwanese raised son confront each other over politics One day, the son is betrayed to the authorities Who was the anonymous informer In the touching story Lysander, a modern day Taiwanese boy is sent to Vancouver for his education A diamond cannot be polished without friction, he has been taught He must bear the hardship in an alien teenage culture where he tries to desperately cope and eventually loses himself.MIAH is a rare look at Taiwanese and modern Canadian life, historical, and personal, and completely honest.

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    1. I have always self-identified as someone who doesn't particularly enjoy short stories, but I think I've changed my mind. This collection of stories about various members of a Taiwanese family across years and miles is simply incredible. The stories are often painful and powerful -- I rarely started a new story immediately after finishing one, because I had to take some time to process. Not easy reading, but immensely rewarding. I really can't recommend this collection enough.Like

    2. Simply superb. This book of interconnecting short stories tells us so much about the human condition. Each has many layers, much depth and was a joy to read. I truly feel an understanding of the situations of the protagonists.

    3. A solid collection of Taiwanese-Canadian stories. I really admire how Lin put so much research and authenticity in the historical settings. Also, she was able to weave in very different characters (age, gender, etc.) and connect them through subtle ties. The parts that resonate with me the most are the emotional reflections of the characters, especially the female ones. I did have a slight issue with the density of the language. Sometimes the wording felt overelaborate (e.g. college level or hig [...]

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