Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen

Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen

A Manifesto in 41 Tales

Book - 2009
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Raucous twin sisters Moonie and Mei Ling Wong are known as the "double happiness" Chinese food delivery girls. Each day they load up a "crappy donkey-van" and deliver Americanized ("bad") Chinese food to homes throughout their southern California neighborhood. United in their desire to blossom into somebodies, the Wong girls fearlessly assert their intellect and sexuality, even as they come of age under the care of their dominating, cleaver-wielding grandmother from Hong Kong. They transform themselves from food delivery girls into accomplished women, but along the way they wrestle with the influence and continuity of their Chinese heritage.Marilyn Chin's prose waxes and wanes between satire and metaphorical lyric, referencing classical Chinese tales and ghost stories that are at turns sensual, lurid, hilarious, shocking, and surreal.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393331455
0393331458
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 21 cm.

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Jun 15, 2012

Exactly what you would expect from a Berkeley-hailing, politically liberal, feminist Chinese American author. Its depictions of racism and ethnic identity confusion are jarring and unpleasant to stomach. Not a very satisfying read.

JCLJulieT Dec 01, 2010

This book is pretty irreverant. The author's subject matter and language combine to rally against the stereotype of chinese-american girls as docile and bidable.

So, I though this book was a lot of fun. It is an interesting, wild depiction of an immigrant experience. It is both post-modern and steeped deeply (more deeply that I even guessed until I read the afterward) in tradition. Kind of like the characters...

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