S2E10: Asian Pacific Heritage Month

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss books by authors of Asian Pacific decent in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage month. They’ll also discuss the history of Asian Pacific Heritage month, something neither one of them knew about until recently!! During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Plum Deluxe’s special tea from Kyrie’s tea club membership–Orange Blossom, which tastes just like an orangesicle. The aromas from the bag are to die for, and once you start brewing and sipping, you can taste the orange completely, with a super smooth blend of sweetness. It is a black tea, so cream is recommended if you like cream in black teas.

Kyrie’s pick, Snow Flowers and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Kyrie was unable to finish this book–something about too many words and too much detail, while Cori read this for the second time and fell in love with it all over again.

Cori’s selection, Hotel of Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford is a story of family struggle, immigration, asian concentration camps, and love. A beautiful story of life, struggle, loss, and eventually finding hope again.

Coming Up Next Week

Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of the underdog!

Kyrie’s Pick: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by: Daniel James Brown

Cori’s Pick: Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hilldenbrand


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4 thoughts on “S2E10: Asian Pacific Heritage Month

  1. I just listened to your review of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet. I’ve read both, so I could sense your lackluster opinions; though Hotel got positive grades from both of you. My reason being – not many details. In Hotel, I felt that Keiko, the Japanese girl who was Henry’s first love, was the second protagonist alongside Henry. I don’t think I heard her name mentioned at all; although you mentioned that she was in New York, but mistakably said, “Ethel.” I agree with you that this is not Pulitzer material; however, I felt it to be a fresh idea because I haven’t read an entertaining novel that talks about the Japanese American Internment. The bigotry against Henry and Keiko by their schoolmates was representative of how their whole communities were treated. I was reading the book while waiting to get my flu shot and was asked by the practitioner, who was at least 40, what the book was about. When I mentioned Japanese internment in the U.S., she had no idea of what I was talking about. By the way, the author is part Chinese – not Japanese.

    In Snow Flower, I was majorly impressed with Lisa See’s research, too. The foot binding process… the level of detail… nauseating, but I felt I needed to know more about this bit of history; in addition to all the other cultural expectations of the time.

    See you next time! I read Boys in the Boat and abandoned Seabiscuit.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts and reflections. I (Cori) really, really wanted to like Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and I did… but it just read a wee bit flat for me. Not even sure why. I was looking forward to it because I knew the Japanese internment part of our history is something that has been swept under the rug so I agree it was an important an original topic for a historical novel. And oops on the name mix up! We should probably be better about having a cheat sheet with main character’s names… Hmmmm….

  2. Agreed that not every book is for every person. The Hotel in the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was definitely for me.
    I had to wonder if maybe it truly wasn’t your kind of book or if it missed the mark because it hit you at the wrong time. Both are possibilities. Or, and please don’t be offended, but I wonder if maybe you just didn’t pay attention very well while reading it. It was hilariously ironic how sure you were that Jamie Ford is Japanese. He’s Chinese guys. Chinese. I get it, it happens. But being that the animosity between Chinese and Japanese people is a major point in the book for the historic time period, I was a little surprised you guys missed that. Eh, it happens. Songs of Willow Frost, also by Jamie Ford, is better in my opinion, and maybe I like his writing because of my Asian family connections. It just made me a little sad that the book wasn’t a great experience for you. I just love it so much. Anyway, enjoying your show, thanks for all you do.

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