Book Review: The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

This book is possibly the most traumatizing book I have ever read. I almost couldn't get through it all, considering just how graphic and detailed it is. It is rare for me to do this but trigger warning if you plan to read this book. I will not be including any of the graphic details … Continue reading Book Review: The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

Reading Wrap-up: January, 2019

I read a total of 17 books this month, and two short stories. This is over twice the books I've been reading in the last few months. But I suppose being stuck inside the house with temperatures the same as the Antarctic outside might be the reason. Yes, it's really cold here...the morning that I'm … Continue reading Reading Wrap-up: January, 2019

Chinese Movie Reviews: Detective Dee

Since finishing the book Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, translated by Robert Van Gulik, I was anxious to watch movies based on his character. If you're curious to read my book review and haven't, here's a link. As it turns out, there are quite a few adaptations centering around this famous magistrate during the Tang … Continue reading Chinese Movie Reviews: Detective Dee

Book Review: The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, translated by Robert Van Gulik

Before I actually review this book, I feel it warrants some explanation of three different times which attributed to this book. During the Tang Dynasty in China, a man named Dee Gong An (630-700 AD) was a renowned magistrate (whose job encompassed detective, police, jury, and judge) and later state politician in China. During the … Continue reading Book Review: The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, translated by Robert Van Gulik

Book Review: Midnight in Peking by Paul French

I have been reading a whole lot of articles and books about China in the 1930s, research for the book I’m writing this month for Camp NaNoWriMo. While I was going through different books set in China during that time, I came across this one. A true crime, a shocking murder that had rattled the … Continue reading Book Review: Midnight in Peking by Paul French

Book Review: Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II

I picked this book up by complete happenstance at the library. I was browsing through the nonfiction world history section and I came across this book. It intrigued me, being a huge fan of any book dealing with WWII. Up until now, I never thought of China being involved much with that particular war or … Continue reading Book Review: Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II

NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 3

("Blank verse, unrhymed iambic pentameter, the preeminent dramatic and narrative verse form in English and also the standard form for dramatic verse in Italian and German.") (source) ("What is Iambic Pentameter? Iambic Pentameter has: Ten syllables in each line / Five pairs of alternating unstressed and stressed syllables / The rhythm in each line sounds … Continue reading NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 3

Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: A Visit to the Minnesota Institute of Art

Last Friday I had a chance to visit one of my favorite places in Minnesota: the Minnesota Institute of Art (or as everyone I know calls it, MIA). This was my fourth or so visit to this museum, and it never gets old. If anyone comes to Minnesota and asks me one place they should … Continue reading Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: A Visit to the Minnesota Institute of Art