SOCIAL SCIENCES
Go Home! Feminist
Mar. 2018. 320p. ed. by . ISBN 9781936932016. pap. $18.95; ebk. ISBN 9781936932030. SOC SCI
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Rising like a lotus flower from the muck, this beautiful work was inspired by an ugly episode. Buchanan (Harmless Like You) and a friend were in New York when a man shouted at them to "Go Home!" This caused Buchanan, who has lived in multiple countries and has both Asian and European ancestors, to contemplate the meaning of home and thus motivated this collection of 31 poems and short stories by 24 authors. Entries include both fictional and autobiographical works, which offer interpretations of home and belonging from the perspective of the Asian diaspora. A wide variety of experiences are represented: a young Singaporean woman exiled in London; an Indian American daughter growing up in an upper-middle-class neighborhood in New York; a Nepali mother's life in Singapore; a Chinese soldier in Taiwan in the years following the Chinese Civil War; and many more.
VERDICT A touching and riveting work perfectly suited to this era of tension between globalization and nativism. Highly recommended for those interested in immigrant experiences, creative writing, or works that address feelings of alienation.

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