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A single story and a definite answer to Chinese education–Little Soldiers

A single story and a definite answer to Chinese education –book review of Little Soldiers When I opened the book, I knew exactly what I was getting myself into—an American narrative that aims to help readers understand Chinese education and its drastic differences with the Western education. I knew the many things that Chu wouldContinue reading “A single story and a definite answer to Chinese education–Little Soldiers”

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Beyond human nature: the bitter truth of poverty and class differences–book review of The Pearl

Beyond human nature: the bitter truth of poverty and class differences book review of The Pearl               Almost every introduction and book review focus on the nature of the book as a “parable about wealth and the evil it can bring.” As much as the book deals with greed, evilness, the danger of wealth, whatContinue reading “Beyond human nature: the bitter truth of poverty and class differences–book review of The Pearl”

A deferred dream in a plain play–A Raisin in the Sun

              What happens to a dream deferred? Coming from the famous poem of Langston Hughes, the title of the book sums up the central idea of the play—when a dream is deferred, it not only dries up like a raisin in the sun but is also capable of exploding. Surrounding a three-generation African American household,Continue reading “A deferred dream in a plain play–A Raisin in the Sun”

Fiction or reality: what a good story tells—The Things They Carried

 “Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.” Book Introduction: The Things TheyContinue reading “Fiction or reality: what a good story tells—The Things They Carried”

Nonviolence, injustice, and change–March

Book introduction: March is a graphic novel that vividly presents a first-hand account of John lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. The inspiration of the book was drawn from the 1958 comic book Martin Luther King that inspired generations. Now, March becomes one of the books to inspire others by telling a greatContinue reading “Nonviolence, injustice, and change–March”

The story behind activism—The Overstory

Book introduction: The Overstory presents a story from the root to the crown, and back to the seed. It is a story, more precisely eight stories of resistance and activism. When people understand the beauty of trees, their fates are forever changed as their embark on a road of activism that challenges the problematic system.Continue reading “The story behind activism—The Overstory”

The many complexities and diversity in one historical fiction—The Sympathizer

“I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds. I am not some misunderstood mutant from a comic book or a horror movie, although some have treated me as such. I am simply able to see any issue from bothContinue reading “The many complexities and diversity in one historical fiction—The Sympathizer”

Merits, pitfalls, and problems of the analysis of a country’s history, culture, and politics–Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical memory in Chinese politics and foreign relations

rating: 2.0/5 Merits, pitfalls, and problems of the analysis of a country’s history, culture, and politics Never Forget National Humiliation—historical memory in Chinese politics and foreign relations When I first saw the bolded title of the book, “Never Forget National Humiliation”, the Chinese idiom translation popped in my head, along with images of the ChineseContinue reading “Merits, pitfalls, and problems of the analysis of a country’s history, culture, and politics–Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical memory in Chinese politics and foreign relations”

Journalists, the real murderers?–The Journalist and the Murderer

Book introduction: Janet Malcolm examines the psychopathology of journalism using the example of the lawsuit of Jefferey MacDonald against Joe McGinniss, who published a book about the crime that MacDonald convicted although he was deceived in the entire interview process. The book examines the universal journalist-subject relationship and argues that journalists are treacherous and selfishContinue reading “Journalists, the real murderers?–The Journalist and the Murderer”

A successful sequel: the end of Gilead–The Testaments

Book introduction The sequel to the classic The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments provides the readers with an ending to the mysteries of Gilead, an imaginary theocracy regime. Book recommendation Highly recommended to fans of The Handmaid’s Tale. For those who has not yet read The Handmaid’s Tale, both books are recommended because the dystopias areContinue reading “A successful sequel: the end of Gilead–The Testaments”