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China Dog

And Other Stories from a Chinese Laundry

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June 13, 2002 | Paperback | 5.6 x 8.2, 160 Pages | ISBN 9781582431888
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"Sometimes you come across a writer whose work is just there: all the parts fit together like a fine machine, care is lavished upon each story—and it shows. Ultimately, these stories have an impact on your life, something that every writer strives for." —Edmonton Journal

A chorus of immigrant voices populates Judy Fong Bates’s graceful and poignant first collection. Denizens of the ubiquitous small towns around Ontario, as far from their native land as can be imagined yet united by their proximity to the local Chinese laundry, her characters have in common their driving desire to assimilate, to fit in, to belong to a “majority” culture. But they are also people trapped by a certain cultural pride in confronting a world that may feign acceptance while at the same time reminding them that they are “other.” In the words of the Toronto Globe and Mail, Judy Fong Bates’s “deceptively simple narratives expose the hopes and hardships that define her characters’ lives.” Her graceful writing is full of compassion, insight, and honesty; it opens our eyes to the commonality of what it is to be human.

JUDY FONG BATES came to Canada from China as a young child and grew up above several Chinese laundries. She lives with her family in Toronto.

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“Sometimes you come across a writer whose work is just there: all the parts fit together like a fine machine, care is lavished upon each story—and it shows. Ultimately, these stories have an impact on your life, something that every writer strives for.” —Edmonton Journal

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