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Nothing Redemptive About China Men,
By A Customer
This review is from: China Men (Picador Books) (Paperback)
Rather than being a book about Chinese American men, it would be more accurate to state that this book is about the author's irrational prejudice toward those men. One can only speculate, but Ms. Hong Kingston must believe she's been treated badly by the Chinese men in her life. Incredibly, although Chinese American men journied thousands of miles to a strange and hostile land, managed to prosper and contribute to the diversity and beauty of that nation, the author finds very little, if anything redemptive in them. Instead, Hong Kingston consistently describes these men as victims of circumstances beyond their control, ineffective weaklings who despite their essential incompetence somehow manage to survive; despite their lack of genuine compassion for their wives and children somehow manage to send back money to support them; and despite their illiteracy somehow manage to elude evil immigration officials. Rather than being a story which reveals something heroic and inspirational about these brave and visionary souls, China Men is little more than a rant which self-consciously attempts (unsuccessfully)to express a feminist viewpoint... Indeed, Hong Kingston cannot conceal her hostility toward Chinese American men, daring to title this book "China Men", a play on the racist characterization of Chinese Americans as "Chinamen". I cannot recommend it.