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Spinster Kang av Zoë S. Roy
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Spinster Kang (utgåvan 2019)

av Zoë S. Roy (Författare)

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Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Women's Studies. Thirty-two-year-old Kang is a new immigrant in Toronto. Having an older sister who was raped and suffers from the ensuing stigma in China, Kang is determined to remain a spinster, which has its own stigma in China, and she struggles with her fear and distrust of men. But Kang's story is not a hard luck story. She is an intelligent woman and a successful immigrant. Kang deals with the perplexities of a different culture by maintaining a sense of curiosity, an enjoyment of learning about the new culture, and by finding humour rather than the humiliation that so often characterizes descriptions of immigrant experience. Kang rooms with Tania, a Russian immigrant, and learns that many years earlier, Tania was in love with a Chinese medical student at Moscow University who was abruptly returned to China for having had a relationship with her. Kang's own father once studied at that university but has never talked about it since he was forced to leave Moscow and then was labelled as a rightist during the Chinese Anti-Rightist Campaign. Since then her father has been dispatched to work and live in Kunming, a city far away from Beijing. Could the paths of her father and Tania have ever crossed? Curious about her father's past, Kang decides to pay a visit to Moscow, accompanied by Brian, Tania's nephew, a charming engineer who wants to explore his Russian Jewish roots. Spending time with Brian helps Kang to see how much her sister's tragedy has shadowed her life. When Brian suddenly shows symptoms of schizophrenia, Kang must decide whether to throw her spinster's hat away or end her relationship with Brian.… (mer)
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Titel:Spinster Kang
Författare:Zoë S. Roy (Författare)
Info:Inanna Poetry and Fiction Series (2019), 233 pages
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Such a beautifully written book. The story is endearing and empowering at the same time. ( )
  ferfigs | Jan 13, 2021 |
Spinster Kang is an immigrant story of struggle and acclimation without giving away eventual success. One of the intertwined stories involves in Toronto in 2003, during which, many events take place, such as SARS, the Northeast blackout, and the Rolling Stone concert. Those combine with every day's life give rise to many unexpected, sometime charming, sometime funny situation, in Kang life.
Throughout the novel she will pursue her goal to become a certified teacher. Luckily, she met Tania and later her nephew Brian. The novel thus contains a love story with a few funny twists. It also pictures a much more serious political undertone by comparing Mao’s China to the Stalin regime..
Roy’s writing is direct, eventful, and sometime poetic. She definitely has gotten her message across. ( )
  ExpressoNoir | Dec 24, 2020 |
I am grateful for having received a copy of this novel that I really enjoyed reading and that has an autobiografic feel to it that only makes it more authentic. It's suspense-packed until the end even if you are impatient like me and read the last pages having read onlly half of it (don't do it anyways).
It describes very well the feeling of loneliness living in another country by yourself, adapting to a completley distinct culture. Kang - the protagonist - seems kind of naive in this new world but is also brave taking her life into her own hands. Her perspective on Canadian culture is quite funny sometimes.
The novel is also about the importance of knowing your roots as family history definitely has an impact on your life.
The two in a strange way connected love stories get both a little cheesy at the end, but still in a good and beautiful way.
The "story in the story" is set in a historical political context that had tragic consequences. The good thing is the novel is not written in a victim's perspective but with a positif attitude.
And I can tell you already, at the end of the novel Kang is not a spinster anymore! ( )
  Janechile | Jun 20, 2020 |
Spinster Kang is about the story of a Chinese woman, Kang, who has been deeply affected by the rape, victimisation, and abusive marriage of her older sister. This traumatic event of her youth caused her to develop a mistrust and fear of men. Immigrating to Canada, Kang desires to escape the stigmas and pressures of being an unmarried woman over 30 in Chinese society.

In Canada, Kang navigates through life as an immigrant ─ she meets new people and experiences the very different melting-pot Canadian culture. I liked seeing Toronto from Kang’s perspective and the normal struggles in Kang’s daily life routine, such as difficulties finding a new house. I felt that added a very realistic touch.

Throughout the story, Kang has to deal with her fear of men and her growing friendship with her Russian landlady’s nephew. While Zoe Roy does a great job in writing Kang’s character growth and the romance arc, I thought that the ending might have been a little rushed and the mental illness part seemed slightly awkward.

Finally, I really enjoyed reading about the parallels between Stalin’s Soviet Union and Mao’s China. You can see how individuals were affected and it’s very interesting. However, I did wish the book expanded on the connection between Kang’s father and her landlady; that part of the story still seems a little unfinished and rushed.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Spinster Kang. Zoe Roy does a great job in creating a compelling story and providing an in-depth look at how the Cultural Revolution affected people. The differences between Chinese and Canadian cultures were explored in an interesting manner, and Kang was a very unique protagonist.

I got this book from a LibraryThing giveaway and I’m really happy for the opportunity to read one of Zoe Roy’s books. Spinster Kang is a delightful read! ( )
  Katherine186304 | May 3, 2020 |
As a never married Chinese woman myself, Spinster Kang is a novel I found relatable with sympathetic characters including both the titular heroine and others. Kang is resourceful, curious and resilient. She tries to find a better life for herself and help support her family back in China. Also, her sister’s rape has affected her attitude towards relationships. A recent immigrant to Toronto, she needs to improve her English skills while working at two jobs in order to put herself through school. From searching for an apartment, attending a Rolling Stones concert, and participating in an unusual culinary event, her inexperience, naiveté and misunderstanding of Western culture and behaviour produce some of the book’s best humour. ( )
  engjean | Sep 30, 2019 |
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"Written by a Chinese immigrant to Canada, this book reads realistically and the plot pulls you along."
 
"These questions include the effects of secondary trauma, the recognition of Hmong peoples in China and the diaspora, the acceptance of gay and lesbian people in immigrant communities, and ways to deal with mental illness. With all these matters, the novel is surprisingly light and encouraging."
 
“I recommend 'Spinster Kang' as a charming tale that fans of women’s issues, romance, coming of age, history and culture will appreciate!”
 
“Spinster Kang is an extraordinary novel … that threads an inherently interesting and layered fictional account of immigrants in Canada with 'real world' issues of relevance to students of Asian & Asian American Studies and Women's Studies…”
 
"The novel is rich with sensual details, from the delicious Chinese, Russian and Canadian foods that are prepared at holiday gatherings and recollected through the story to the experiences that Kang has as she falls in love, faces her past, and travels. Spinster Kang is a warm-hearted, delightful story that will engage readers of all interests.
 
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Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Women's Studies. Thirty-two-year-old Kang is a new immigrant in Toronto. Having an older sister who was raped and suffers from the ensuing stigma in China, Kang is determined to remain a spinster, which has its own stigma in China, and she struggles with her fear and distrust of men. But Kang's story is not a hard luck story. She is an intelligent woman and a successful immigrant. Kang deals with the perplexities of a different culture by maintaining a sense of curiosity, an enjoyment of learning about the new culture, and by finding humour rather than the humiliation that so often characterizes descriptions of immigrant experience. Kang rooms with Tania, a Russian immigrant, and learns that many years earlier, Tania was in love with a Chinese medical student at Moscow University who was abruptly returned to China for having had a relationship with her. Kang's own father once studied at that university but has never talked about it since he was forced to leave Moscow and then was labelled as a rightist during the Chinese Anti-Rightist Campaign. Since then her father has been dispatched to work and live in Kunming, a city far away from Beijing. Could the paths of her father and Tania have ever crossed? Curious about her father's past, Kang decides to pay a visit to Moscow, accompanied by Brian, Tania's nephew, a charming engineer who wants to explore his Russian Jewish roots. Spending time with Brian helps Kang to see how much her sister's tragedy has shadowed her life. When Brian suddenly shows symptoms of schizophrenia, Kang must decide whether to throw her spinster's hat away or end her relationship with Brian.

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