China Dolls: A Novel
by Michelle Yu & Blossom Kan

[June 29, 2007]


Authentic, intelligent and witty, China Dolls is one of the first works of commercial fiction since The Joy Luck Club to explore the impact of culture on the personal and professional lives of Asian women in America today.

Examining what it means to be multicultural in the U.S., China Dolls explores life at the intersection of two worlds - one of Asian grandmothers and red envelopes, and another of tackling career and personal challenges in a big city. Not only are these women trying to combat prejudices in the workplace, but they also have to contend with stereotypes about Asian women as docile and submissive in the dating world - all the while trying to stay true to family expectations.

While the characters of M.J., Alex, and Lin won’t ever forget their Asian roots, they also don’t hide behind them as an excuse for their failures.  If anything, they draw strength from their heritage while at the same time, embracing their “American” identity.

Unlike other Asian novels, China Dolls embraces the fusion of these two cultures – a phenomenon that more often than not reflects the experiences of young Asians in America today.

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