1882 At: The Premiere of “Be Water,” A Documentary About Bruce Lee

“Be Water,” a documentary that chronicles the personal and professional life of Bruce Lee, premiered on Sunday, June 7th. ESPN aired it for “30 for 30,” its 30th anniversary celebration highlighting notable sports happenings covered by the network. The documentary’s symbolic title takes its name from a line of Lee’s poetry: “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water… Be water, my friend.” Water’s fluid state enables it to penetrate barriers and take many shapes. By emulating water, Lee navigated a path into the…

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Literature Corner Blog: A Little Life

I first picked up A Little Life almost two years ago. The novel follows a group of four men in who originally meet in college into their middle-aged years, and their personal journeys in their respective fields to eventual success. Their friendship is affected greatly by the main character, Jude, who suffers from increasingly severe physical disabilities and has an extremely traumatic past that is slowly revealed to the readers throughout the piece. A Little Life is immensely powerful, and is one of the best novels I have…

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Paper Son

When I became aware of this novel, it became a “must-read” for me.  It certainly met my first prerequisite for my reading tastes, i.e. it was an Asian American story.  But I learned that the story is set in the Mississippi Delta region - the place where I was born and raised, the place that impacted my life so profoundly, the place for which I will always have strong and mixed feelings – and I knew I had to see what the book had to…

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Daughter of Fortune

I am an immigrant who ventured across the Pacific Ocean on an Air China Boeing 777 to "take over the economy", or so I have been informed by the media. When I first picked up Isabel Allende's Daughter of Fortune, a historical fiction regarding the California Gold Rush, I was fifteen and ignorant--a history enthusiast carrying a number of assumptions gathered from the books I had read. I had never considered using a figure of speech so rudely hyperbolic as "taking over the economy," but…

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China Dolls

Not all China dolls are bound to break. Grace, a fugitive from her father’s abuse; Helen, a proper child of an esteemed Chinatown family; and Ruby Tom, a Japanese American  in seek of stardom at the onslaught of World War Two, are an unlikely ensemble. The three girls converge at San Francisco’s Forbidden City Nightclub against their parents’ wishes, in seek of employment as dancers. While the girls find uncanny success in the performing arts scene, war against Japan erupts on the Pacific Front, suddenly…

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America is in the Heart

America Is Still in the Heart          During the time I was reading this book, I was coming back home to the United States after a week-long trip that left a very lasting impact on me. As my plane landed, I pondered heartily on the page I left off on, mid-quote about Carlos Bulosan’s arrival by ship in the United States. I questioned the process of arriving to a place that will someday be “home,” whether that transformation happens by desire or by necessity. This is…

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