The Palm Leaf Fan & Other Stories

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TSAR Canada, Jan 1, 2006 - Fiction - 108 pages
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From crumbling shops in Chinatown to decaying tanneries in Tangra, Kwai-yun Li's collection of linked short stories expose us to the life of a marginalized community in Calcutta.

Sitting outside her shoe shop, a woman welcomes her neighbour and soon arranges a marriage or her six-year-old daughter; a woman runs a Buddhist circle and temple from her home, which handily supporting her family; during a border skirmish in the north east, Chinese mothers prepare packages for life in a concentration camp; and a gentle bookseller and his daughter disappear for his political sympathies...

Engaging and detailed, The Palm Leaf Fan and Other Stories shines a revealing light on a prevously little-known community.
- Judy Fong Bates

This collection beautifully captures the lives of girls and women in the Chinese neighbourhood of Calcutta, now Kolkata, in the fifties and the sixties. The stories help us grasp the complex history of global migrations of populations, the stigmatization and oppression of minorities by modern states, and the challenges of multiculturalism.
- Arun Mukherjee, York University

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Contents

The Palm Leaf Fan
1
The Fish Pond
19
Last Dragon Dance in Chinatown
43
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Kwai-yun Li's Hakka parents emigrated from Moi-yen, China, to Calcutta, India, where Kwai was born. She grew up in Chattawalla Gully, in the old part of the city, and came to Canada through an arranged marriage. She is a co-author of A Kiss Beside the Monkey Bars, a collection of short stories.

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