Geishas, Wives, and Concubines

The Binding Chair, or, A Visit From the Foot Emancipation Society

By Kathryn Harrison

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"Set in alluring Shanghai at the turn of the century,The Binding Chairintertwines the destinies of a Chinese woman determined to forget her past and a Western girl focused on the promises of the future. Beautiful, charismatic, destructive, May escapes an arranged marriage in rural nineteenth-century China for life in a Shanghai brothel, where she meets Arthur, an Australian ... a member of the Foot Emancipation Society..."
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The Ginger Tree

By Oswald Wynd

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In 1903, a 20-year-old Scots girl sails to China to marry a British attache, but soon horrifies the British community by having an affair with a young Japanese count.

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The Joy Luck Club

By Amy Tan

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In 1949 four Chinese women drawn together by the shadow of their past begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and 'say' stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club.

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Originally released in 1993,this film adaptation is full of vibrant characters.

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The Lost Daughter of Happiness

By Geiling Yan

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An erotic tale of forbidden love between a Chinese prostitute and a Caucasian boy in turn-of-the-century San Francisco.
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The Snow Fox

By Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

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"...a sweeping novel about three characters in medieval Japan: Lord Norimasa, whose highest love is to reunify his country and restore peace; Lady Utsu, one of the supreme poetic geniuses of her time, as famous for her cruelty as for her beauty; and Matsuhito, a samurai who apprentices himself to Lord Norimasa. When Matsuhito and Lady Utsu fall hopelessly in love, the lives of these three are forever changed. Separated for years by warfare, Matsuhito and Lady Utsu reunite but their joy is shadowed by the cruelties and the caprices of passing time."

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The Tent of Orange Mist

By Paul West

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In December 1937, the city of Nanking, China, falls to brutal Japanese invaders. Thus begins a compelling drama wherein the teenaged daughter of an eminent scholar is forced to work as a prostitute.
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Waiting

By Ha Jin

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An ambitious and dedicated Chinese doctor, Lin Kong, finds himself torn between two very different women -- the educated and dynamic nurse with whom he has fallen in love, and the traditional, meek, and humble woman to whom his family married him when they were both very young.
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