American Visa: Short Stories
The collection of stories follows a Chinese woman in key moments of her life-- from the child who discovers a contraband lipstick during the Cultural Revolution to the young woman in America who finally obtains her green card. On the way, the reader discovers such Chinese cultural concepts as chu jai, whereby no matter how successful, a woman is without a home until she is married. The author is a Chinese immigrant and this is her first book.
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The Story of Ju
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