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Daughter of Xanadu has a sequel

Published by Random House/Delacorte Press in 2011, Daughter of Xanadu begins the story about Marco Polo and the young woman he fell in love with in China.  Emmajin, fictional granddaughter of Khubilai Khan, aspired to join the Mongol Army and at first spurned this young merchant from Venice. Only after she experienced battle did she realize what she might learn from Marco Polo.

Now the second half of their story can be told. Son of Venice picks up the tale as Emmajin and Marco begin a journey toward his homeland in Europe.

Daughter of Xanadu was selected by the American Library Association for its 2011 Amelia Bloomer Project list of books about strong women and rated “Outstanding Merit” on Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year list in 2012. It was also selected by the National Council for the Social Studies for its 2012 master list of Notable Books for Young People.


A Peak into Personal History

Cocoons of Silk: A True Romance from 1930s China by Ping-Nan Yang

Any reader with a romantic heart and curiosity about life in China during the early 20th century will find this true story fascinating. A Chinese man recalls the tangled love story that wrapped him in cocoons of silk in his youth and caused him to make what we'd call today unwise decisions. A gifted young teacher with a flair for writing music and street dramas during a turbulent time in Chinese history,

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he rebels against the old-fashioned custom of arranged marriages. But in that era, love matches were scandalous, and those who sent love letters left themselves open to blackmail. How will he disentangle himself? And how will it change his life forever? 

This book was written in Chinese by Ping-Nan Yang during his eighties in Taiwan, before he died. It was translated into English by his son, Paul Yang, and Dori Jones Yang.  The book is available here. Check out the reviews on amazon.com.


Ground-breaking book of oral history

Voices of the Second Wave: Chinese Americans in Seattle. Oral Histories of 35 Chinese Americans who Immigrated 1934 – 1968.

This ground-breaking book includes 35 first-person stories about Mandarin-speaking immigrants who came to the United States, mostly as students in the 1950s and 1960s. This ‘second wave’ of Chinese American immigrants differs sharply from the ‘first wave’ of Cantonese speakers who started to arrive as unskilled workers in the 1800s. Most ‘second wave’ immigrants came on student visas and prepared for professional or highly technical jobs; most were cut off from their homeland when the Communists took over China in 1949. Their stories, largely overlooked until now, are bittersweet.

Available in paperback for $15.95 plus shipping through amazon.com.

Available in hardback for $22.95 plus shipping through eastwestinsights.com. Click on Contact.

In the 1800s, the “first wave” of Chinese immigrants came to the U.S. to search for gold and to build railroads, later forming Chinatowns and working in low-wage jobs in laundries, restaurants, and garment factories. They braved the high seas to earn money to


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