Karen Ma Excess Baggage

ISBN 13: 9780835100465

Excess Baggage

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9780835100465: Excess Baggage

Excess Baggage is Karen Ma s exciting debut novel. It chronicles two Chinese sisters, one raised in China during the desolate Cultural Revolution; the other in Japan during the freewheeling years of bubble capitalism. They reunite as adults in Tokyo in the early 1990s and their family history soon catches up with them. Zhang Peiyin, the forgotten sister left behind in China, is hell-bent on making up for lost time after growing up with little more than political slogans and has abandoned her children to join her family in Japan, imagining riches, fame, and comfort. She instead receives a wary welcome from her estranged parents and insecure, competitive younger sister, Vivian, who not-so-secretly wants to drive her back to China. As the sisters circle warily, their distrust grows, fueled by family lies and secrets. Ultimately each must confront a fundamental question: what s the meaning of home when your roots aren t secure? Excess Baggage is at one level a fresh look at dislocation from an Asian perspective in an Asian setting, taking off where other immigrant stories end with a more complex look than the stereotypical happily-ever-after reunification tale. At another level it offers a universal tale about identity, alienation, love, jealousy, and family obligations in the face of adversity.

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About the Author:

Karen Ma has lived a combined 20 years in China and Japan working as a writer and journalist. She has authored numerous articles, which have appeared in various international publications, including The International Herald Tribune, New York Newsday, Life Magazine, More Magazine, The Japan Times and South China Morning Post; her essays, short stories and book reviews have been featured in the Kyoto Journal, Asian Cha and Tokyo Roots. She is also the author of "The Modern Madame Butterfly". She currently lives in Beijing where she is working on her next book.

Review:

It's rare to see Asian American writers exhibit the depth of knowledge that Ma demonstrates in creating the world she does... The characters in her story deal with Asian-on-Asian discrimination in situations where white people get a free pass. They deal with a sense of displacement from immigration. They deal with sexism and class differences. Ma manages to tell her story without moralizing, instead letting her characters grow from their experiences. She places her characters in the context of the real arc of history in Japan and China. Not only does Ma tell the story of her individual characters, but she also tells the story of the two countries. --bigwowo.com (Asian American Activism and Intellectualism)

A moving account of alienation and displacement in a Chinese family split by modern China s political and social upheaval. With vivid prose, Karen Ma takes us on a momentous journey with a Chinese family as it tries to grow new roots in a foreign land. --Geling Yan, author of Banquet Bug, White Snake and The Flowers of War.

Effortlessly captures the suspicions and dependencies of a dysfunctional family transplanted in stages from China to Japan, unwrapping its members' flaws, feuds and life-giving fascinations. Buoyed by brushstrokes of gentle humor and not an ounce of pretension, the author conjures up characters with an unexpected emotional charge. --Oliver August, author of Inside the Red Mansion: On the Trail of China s Most Wanted Man

A moving account of alienation and displacement in a Chinese family split by modern China s political and social upheaval. With vivid prose, Karen Ma takes us on a momentous journey with a Chinese family as it tries to grow new roots in a foreign land. --Geling Yan, author of Banquet Bug, White Snake and The Flowers of War.

Effortlessly captures the suspicions and dependencies of a dysfunctional family transplanted in stages from China to Japan, unwrapping its members' flaws, feuds and life-giving fascinations. Buoyed by brushstrokes of gentle humor and not an ounce of pretension, the author conjures up characters with an unexpected emotional charge. --Oliver August, author of Inside the Red Mansion: On the Trail of China s Most Wanted Man

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