The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee

The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee

Observations on Not Fitting in

Book - 2000
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"Witty, original, and authentic. A fresh, young Chinese-American voice." --Adeline Yen Mah, author ofFalling Leaves As the daughter of a Chinese-American mother and a Norwegian father, Paisley Rekdal grew up wondering where she fit in. The essays in this, her shimmering nonfiction debut, tackle thorny issues--race and identity politics, interracial desire, what it means to be a "hyphenated American"--with a fresh, feisty, and very funny new perspective. Rekdal's family history is, as she describes it, "complicated and vaguely dangerous," and at the center of this strange world is her mother--a smart, stubborn, complex woman who adores her daughter. Rekdal exposes the foibles of family, friends, and lovers, but never spares herself, capturing both global and personal struggles with a critical, compassionate and humorous lens.The Night My Mother Met Bruce Leeflows effortlessly from stunning cultural observation to a recollection of an embarrassing travel anecdote. Her destinations vary widely--a classroom in South Korea, a Japanese family's living room, Main Street in Natchez, Mississippi, a Taipei shopping mall, a beach in the Philippines, and even her own bedroom. In each, she explores the vast differences between cultures, the feeling of being an outsider, the constant battle to understand and be understood. The Night My Mother Met Bruce Leeproves that shifting the frames of identity can be tricky, exhilarating--and revelatory.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375409370
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 22 cm


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Sep 15, 2018

The young author [young at the time of publication] of this book recounts her experiences traveling around the planet [Taipei, Kobe, S. Korea, China, America] and is refreshingly honest and candid; occasionally trite and silly, but again, only because she is refreshingly honest.
The author appears to have been grappling with the two contradictions experienced by most sane and ordinary humans: wanting to belong, acceptance by the group, while at the same time wanting to be special or exceptional - - to stand out from the group.
Wanting to be accepted is standard survival human wiring, while wanted to stand out drives us to progress; again, standard human wiring, only progress-focused!


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