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I have a blog called "Asian Echoes". As an Asian-Canadian writer, I plan to use this "writers blog" to chronicle my journey as a writer.
I also plan on writing short book reviews on Asian-themed books. Many of the books I've seen on these lists I've read and will comment on. Each review will have both a rating and a Culture Shock rating (how much Asian content there is in the book).
As a Canadian-born descendent of Chinese/Japanese parents, I have a very different voice than those who might have been born, raised or lived in Asia. I have been raised in an Asian environment, tempered and formed by western ideas and sensibilities. Even my travel’s to these lands is limited. My voice, although my own, can only be an echo of an Asia that lives in my imagination. In those worlds, I have visited at length and never truly left.
If you're interested in that voice, visit me at my blog: Asian Echoes at:
You say "I also plan on writing short book reviews on Asian-themed books. ... Each review will have both a rating and a Culture Shock rating (how much Asian content there is in the book)."
You mean there books with Asian themes but low yields in "Asian content"?
Sorry it took a while to get back to you.
To answer your question, yes, there are books with Asian material that have low Asian content. I derived this scale as a form of information only and not as a scale to state whether or not I recommend the book. It is info only. It gives readers more info on what the book contains.
For instance, Shinjuku Shark (which I am just reviewing for today), is written for a Japanese audience and caters to them. Many places named don't have any reference for non-Japanese readers. The translated version does nothing to alleviate this problem. However, the book is still accessible and a good read and I recommend it. The culture shock rating is 5 stars.
On the other end of the scale, some of the more recent Sujata Massey mystery books about a half Japanese, half American female detective have her as a character, a bit about Japanese-American history but take place in San Francisco or Hawaii. They are good pulpy reads, but I would give it a culture shock rating of only 2. It gives the reader an idea of the content and what to expect. Nothing more.
Please, if you have any comment regarding the rating and the information it is supposed to convey, feel free to comment.
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