Leaving Deep Water: Asian American Women at the Crossroads of Two Cultures
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Based on hundreds of intimate interviews, a family counselor explores the varied ways in which millions of Asian-American women have created a place for themselves in modern society, in a inspiring and moving multicultural study.
"Did you carve this?"
Tas did not turn. "Yes," he said, reluctantly. "I have to leave it."
"But, Tas, why?"
Tas squared his shoulders as though firming some resolve. But still he did not turn. "Because the shepherd said that it could only be used once. Thats why I can't get the pipe to play that song-or any song. I've used the magic." He took a deep breath and went on. "And he said that once I found the magic I had the pass the pipe on." he paused and then he did turn, a scamp's humor in his long brown eyes. "It's going to be a long winter. I'm going to leave it here for someone else to find." "Snowsong" by Nancy Varian Berberick
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One was the number of these stories that related to the Japanese internment camps, which are a dark piece of US history that I rarely see addressed. (Although with the recent media attention on the ICE's Trumpcamps, I am seeing more more mentions of this previous cruelty.) Many of the folks interviewed are survivors or children of people who survived the camps. Since 20 years have passed since this book was published, I found myself wondering if the camps are still such a source of trauma for the next generation, who may not have as ready access to firsthand accounts.
The other thread I often found myself contemplating was the struggle of recent immigrants to figure out what parts of their previous culture to try and save, and which to suppress in order to fit in with American expectations. I think this is a major issue for immigrants for many countries, although I wondered how today's globalization and technology advances have impacted this. For example, widespread internet access has changed a lot of our communication methods, and probably made it easier to keep in contact with relations who have moved abroad. (You still need a language in common, though!)
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