- New-Year Resolutions
- Christmas Traditions around the World
- What Is He Doing in Asia?
- How the World Celebrates Halloween
- Asia as a VIP in World Economy
- What Happens When America Threats
- ASIA-LITERACY AND GLOBAL COMPETENCE
- — A RENEWED SENSE OF HOPE THROUGH CULTURAL EXPORATIONS
- Celebration of Fathers
- When the World Celebrates Mothers
- Discussion Questions for The Un-death of Me
- A First in Asia: Taiwan Banned Eating Dog or Cat Meat
- Asia Week around the Globe
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New-Year Resolutions *
People around the world like to make new-year resolutions: lose weight, stop drinking, quit smoking, become more active, and engage in a new hobby, etc. Notably, the tradition of new-year resolutions came from four millennia ago, far older than the establishment of the festival.
When the Babylonians made the historic first resolutions, they often had practical agricultural or economic concerns — like repaying debts or returning borrowed farm equipment to receive harvests bestowed by the gods. Akitu, a 12-day festival to celebrate the renewal of life, kicked off the agrarian year. Similar in mindset, the ancient Egyptians wished for good fortune and abundance, making sacrifices to Hapi, the god of the Nile, at the beginning of their year in July when the Nile’s annual flood started a fertile period.
Emperor Julius Caesar designated January 1st New Year’s Day, naming the month of January after Janus, the god of beginnings and endings. The Romans prayed and confessed in order to reinforce their values and beliefs.
Modern-day new-year resolutions have lost their religious implications, but maintain the cleansing/catharsis overtones. Today, we still like to have a clean slate around the New Year’s. New-year resolutions are common in countries like America, Canada, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Australia, and South Africa, while Latin American, Scandinavian, Asian and Eastern European countries have their own versions of festivities.
In Poland, New Year’s Eve is “St. Sylvester’s Eve” because Pope Sylvester captured a dragon and prevented the doom of the world. Estonians eat 7, 9, or 12 times on New Year’s Eve, but leave some food for the dead ancestors and spirits who come visit on New Year’s Eve. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, people prepare fireworks, go to concerts, and give gifts from Dyed Mraz (Father Frost) for the kids. Russians’ new-year resolutions often focus on education. The Chinese/Korean New Year is between January 21st and February 20th according to the lunar calendar. People wear new clothes to start the year fresh and new.
From ancient to modern days, from the East to the West, the beginning of the year is the time to celebrate and to set important goals. Universal hopes and dreams often relate to good health, love, career, finance, and education. No matter how one led his or her life before, a better self or way of living is in the making. Have a happy and prosperous new year, everybody!
当巴比伦人作出具有历史意义的第一项新年新决议时，他们往往定心于切实的农业或经济问题 — 如偿还债务或返还借用的农场设备来接收神赋予的丰富收成。 Akitu是一个为时12 天的庆祝活动，用以揭开新年序幕。古埃及人具有类似的思维方式，在新年之际向Hapi 之神拜祭牺牲、祈求好运和丰收，时值7月一年之初、也是尼罗河泛滥肥沃的时期。
罗马的凯撒大帝指定 1月 1日为元旦，依随Janus之名命名1月为 JANUARY。 罗马人的新年新决议通常与加强价值观和宗教信仰有关。
现代人的新年新希望已不具宗教意味，但保持了清洗/ catharsis 的色彩。 今天，我们仍渴求在新的一年开始时能有新的开始 。 世界各国也保有新年新希望的习俗，如美利坚合众国、加拿大、英格兰、威尔士、苏格兰、北爱尔兰、澳洲、南非、斯堪的纳维亚，而拉丁美洲、亚洲和东欧国家则有些差异、其新年庆祝活动可谓展现各自的习俗。
在波兰，除夕是圣 西尔维斯特节，因为教皇西尔维斯特擒拿了龙，并阻止了世界末日的降临。 爱沙尼亚人在除夕时飨宴 7 、 9 或 12顿，但保留了一些粮食给死去的祖先，以便其在除夕之际造访。 在波斯尼亚和黑塞哥维那、人们准备烟花爆竹、前往音乐盛会，并赠送礼物给小孩。 俄罗斯人的新年新希望通常侧重于教育。 中国/韩国的新年根据农历于 1月和 2月之间庆祝，人们穿着新衣裳，除旧布新、祈求福泰安康。
从古代到现代，从东方到西方，在年初的时候，人们喜爱庆祝和设置重要的目标。普遍的希望和梦想往往涉及到身体健康、爱情、事业、金融、教育等。 无论以往如何生活，人人皆希望达到一个更好的自我或生活方式。 在此谨祝大家有一个幸福和繁荣的新的一年！
Christmas Traditions around the World *
‘Tis the season to celebrate. In fact, it’s the one time of year that we simply like to celebrate locally. But there are various Christmas traditions around the world, fascinating and fun.
People in Iceland often exchange books on Christmas Eve, then read them and eat chocolate the rest of the night. The tradition is called Jolabokaflod, or “The Christmas Book Flood.” Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country.
Greenland’s traditional Christmas dish, kiviak, takes seven months to prepare. Hollowing out a seal skin and stuffing it with 500 auks/sea birds to ferment, people feast straight from the seal when the holiday rolls around.
On Christmas Day, Lebanese children go up to any adult and say, “Editi ‘aleik!” (“You have a gift for me!”). Syrian children receive gifts from one of the wise men’s camels, the youngest and smallest in the caravan, who fell down exhausted at the end of the long journey to Bethlehem.
Christmas traditions in African countries such as Kenya and Uganda are much more religious and less commercial. Stones, leaves, and other natural items as birthday presents for Jesus are collected. Roasted goats are prepared for Christmas feasts, while South Africans feast on a seasonal delicacy — the deep-fried caterpillars of Emperor Moths!
Ethiopia follows the ancient Julian calendar, so Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on January 7. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s celebration of Christ’s birth is called Ganna. Everyone dresses in white and attends church. Twelve days after Ganna, on January 19, Ethiopians begin the three-day celebration called Timkat, commemorating the baptism of Christ.
In many regions in France, Christmas celebrations start with St Nicholas day on the 6th of December. On Christmas Eve, children put their polished shoes out in front of the chimney and hope that ‘Père Noël’ (Father Christmas) fills the shoes with sweets. In the United States and England, children hang stockings on their bedpost or near a fireplace on Christmas Eve, hoping that it will be filled with treats while they sleep.
A manger scene is the primary decoration in most southern European, Central American, and South American nations.
In Italy, a nativity scene, a ‘presepe’, is usually put up in churches, town squares, and often in houses. ‘Babbo Natale’, Father Christmas, hands out presents to children on Christmas Day, but gifts are exchanged only on January 6, the day of Epiphany.
Spain begins celebrating the Christmas season on December 8, with a weeklong observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Evergreens decorate the churches and outdoor markets, while tambourines, gourd rattles, castanets, and miniature guitars are for sale to enliven the singing and dancing in the streets. Children go from house to house reciting verses or singing carols for treats or gifts.
In the Philippines, a Christmas lantern called ‘paról’ is designed in the shape of a star, in remembrance of the star of Bethlehem, and mainly made out of bamboo and paper.
In the weeks up to Christmas, Australians join in Christmas picnics organized by various churches and sing Christmas carols on the beach. People come together at night to light candles and sing Christmas carols outside. A jovial Southern Hemisphere Christmas it is!
Whether in the North, South, East, or West, a Christmas/pine tree, a manger, mistletoe, a poinsettia, a specific food, or a family tradition, the Holiday Spirit is strong in many cultures and places around the world and inspires joy, hope, and love. ‘Tis the season to be jolly and celebrate, we can hear the jingle bells ringing.
To all our friends, clients, and colleagues: Happy Holidays from Asia-America Connection Society
冰岛人惯于圣诞节前夕交换书籍，然后整夜边看书边吃巧克力。 这时节传统上被称为 Jolabokaflod ，”圣诞书潮。冰岛出版的书籍远超越任何其他国家，可谓书香国。
格陵兰的传统圣诞菜叫 kiviak ，需时 7 个月来做准备。 首先将海豹掏空，在皮内放入500 隻海鸟，任由其发酵，然后再于圣诞节来临时大快朵颐。
圣诞节当天，黎巴嫩儿童可向任何成年人说道 ” Editi ‘ aleik ！“（「你有一个礼物要送给我！」）。 叙利亚儿童接受智者馈赠之礼，其乃骆驼队中最年轻最弱小的一员，是传说中赴伯利恒圣地漫长旅程终结时疲乏跌落之圣徒。
非洲国家，如肯尼亚和乌干达的圣诞传统，皆具有较多的宗教意味，而不像西方国家般商业化。 人们采集石材、叶片和其它天然物品来作为耶稣的生日礼物。 烤山羊是圣诞佳肴，而南非人筵席上的一个季节性的美味则为油炸毛虫！
伊索比亚采用古老的朱利安日历，于1月7日庆祝圣诞节。 其基督诞生日称为 Ganna 。 人们身穿白色衣装上教堂。 12 天后， 在 1月19日 、伊索比亚人开始为期三天的庆祝活动，纪念称为 Timkat 的基督洗礼。
法国的圣诞节庆祝活动于圣尼古拉斯日/12月6日展开 。 圣诞节前夕，孩子们把鞋放在烟囱口，期望 ‘ Père Noël ’（圣诞老人/父亲）将鞋子装满甜品。 在美国和英国，孩儿则于圣诞节前夕在床边或火炉前放置圣诞袜带，希望得到满袜子的糖果或礼物。
在意大利，圣诞的场景叫做 ‘ presepe ’，通常放置在教堂、城市广场，以及居家之内。 ‘ Babbo Natale ‘，圣诞老人/父亲会发放礼物，但家人之间礼物的交换只能在 1月6日 Epiphany 时进行。
西班牙于12月8日开始庆祝圣诞节，展开为期一周的圣母受孕庆祝活动。 教堂和露天市场装饰有长青花叶，而市场中出售的锣鼓和各式乐器则有助于街头热烈歌唱和跳舞的气氛。 孩童则挨家挨户念诗或吟唱圣诞佳音来换取糖果或礼物。
在菲律宾，称为 ‘ paról ‘ 的圣诞彩灯以星形来纪念伯利恒之星，制材为竹子和纸张。
在圣诞数星期前、澳大利亚人会加入各教会举办的圣诞野炊，并在 在海滩上吟唱圣诞歌曲。 人们聚在一起，在烛光星光中合唱，为南半球圣诞添加无许的乐趣！
不论在北方、南方、东方或西方，尽管是圣诞/松树、圣诞马槽 、长青或圣诞红、 或者特定的食物、或家庭传统，圣诞节的精神在许多文化中是极为重要的，世界各地皆充满欢乐、希望和爱。 在此谨祝我公司所有的朋友、客户和同事：佳节欢乐 — 亚美合作协会敬上
What Is He Doing in Asia? *
As Donald Trump embarks on his trip to Asia, one cannot help but ask what he is doing in Asia. Resolving the security issues related to North Korea, expanding U.S. trade interests, or jeopardizing the region’s peace as he has created uncertainty among Asian leaders in his first 10 months of presidency?
America’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has concerned policymakers and business leaders across the Pacific. However, Trump’s 12-day itinerary with bilateral and multilateral meetings in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, is planned to accomplish the following, according to the Washington Post:
1) Clarifying U.S. foreign policy
Trump’s “America first” vision may result in U.S. disengagement from the region. On the other hand, other than TPP, Trump has not deviated greatly from the Obama administration’s “Asia pivot,” which was devised to reassure allies about the continued U.S. presence in Asia. Commitment and partnership is anticipated.
2) Reinforcing U.S. ties with Asia
Leadership in Japan and China takes on an assertive role for the region as well as the globe. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s is carrying TPP forward with the 11 remaining partners in the absence of the United States. President Xi Jinping announced China’s long-term vision of being a global leader. Trump is expected to strengthen his rapport with both Xi and Abe, as well as other Asian allies.
3) Forging a consensus on North Korea’s nuclear threat
With Moon, Xi, Abe and other leaders at the ASEAN meeting, Trump will look for allies and partners to “strengthen the international resolve to confront the North Korean threat” and move toward a denuclearized Korea.
4) Negotiating U.S. trade interests
Trump will negotiate U.S. trade interests at the APEC summit in Vietnam. With Japan, Trump seeks a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), which would be at odds with Abe’s hopes to keep alive the TPP deal. Trump will also renegotiate the 2012 KORUS FTA with Korea, and address perennial trade issues with China to lessen barriers to U.S. commercial engagement in the Chinese world.
The 12-day, five-country trip, comes at a precarious moment for Trump. His former campaign chairman was indicted, and another adviser pleaded guilty as part of an investigation into collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian officials.
As Trump undergoes domestic vulnerabilities, the trip presents a crucial international test. The White House is proposing that Trump will push American economic interests in the region, but the North Korean threat is expected to dominate the trip. The escalation of rhetoric has undermined confidence in the U.S. as a stabilizing force in Asia. The White House hopes the trip could offer a chance at a reset for Trump, an opportunity to forcefully assert U.S. pledges to its allies and send an effective warning directly to North Korea. We shall see.
How the World Celebrates Halloween *
Halloween, one of the world’s oldest holidays, is celebrated today in various countries around the globe. In the United States and Canada, 65% of the population decorates homes and offices for Halloween, a percentage only second to Christmas. Adults and children alike, revel in celebrations derived from ancient festivals and religious rituals, including costume parties, jack- O’-lanterns carved out of pumpkins, trick-or-treating, pranks and games.
In Ireland, the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival in County Meath is the origin of Halloween. An ancient Celtic festival we now know as Halloween started more than 2,000 years ago. Nowadays throughout the country, Halloween is still welcomed with bonfires, party games, and traditional food, such as barmbrack, an Irish fruitcake that contains coins, buttons, rings and other fortunetelling objects. (If a young woman gets a ring that has been baked in a pastry, bread or any kind of food, she’ll be married by next Halloween. A straw means that a prosperous year is ahead.) After trick-or-treating, most people attend parties where many games are played, including “snap-apple,” a game in which an apple on a string is tied to a doorframe or tree and players attempt to bite the hanging apple. In addition, treasure hunts for candy or pastries and card games are also popular, and of course drinking and feasting.
Once upon a time, English children made “punkies” out of beetroots and carried their “punkies” through the streets while singing the “Punkie Night Song.” They knocked on doors and asked for money. Turnip lanterns were placed on gateposts to protect homes from the spirits who roamed on Halloween night. Another custom was to toss objects such as stones, vegetables and nuts into a bonfire to frighten away the spirits. These symbolic sacrifices were also for fortune-telling. If a pebble burned and became invisible in a fire pit, the person who tossed the pebble would not survive another year. If nuts exploded in the blaze, lovers would quarrel and have troublesome marriages. However, the English ceased celebrating Halloween with Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation. Since followers of the new religion did not believe in Saints, they stopped celebrating the Eve of All Saints’ Day. On the other hand, a new autumn ritual did emerge. Guy Fawkes Day festivities were to commemorate the execution of a notorious English traitor, Guy Fawkes. (On November 5, 1606, Fawkes was executed after being convicted of attempting to blow up England’s parliament building.) Children walk the streets carrying an effigy or “guy” and ask for “a penny for the guy.”
In Austria, people leave bread, water, and a lamp on the table before retiring on Halloween night, because such items would welcome the dead souls back to earth. The Belgians believe that it is unlucky for a black cat to cross one’s path and also unlucky if it should enter a home or travel on a ship. They light candles in memory of dead relatives. In Germany, people put away their knives on Halloween night to prevent the returning spirits from being harmed. In Czechoslovakia, chairs are placed by the fireside on Halloween night, one chair for each living family member and one for each family member’s spirit. In Sweden, Halloween known as “Alla Helgons Dag,” is celebrated from October 31 until November 6.
In Mexico, Latin American countries and Spain, Día de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead/All Soul’s Day—honors deceased loved ones and ancestors. It takes place on November 2, commemorated with a three-day celebration that begins on the evening of October 31. Altars are constructed in homes to honor deceased relatives. Skull-shaped candies, flowers, photographs, samples of the deceased’s favorite foods and drinks, and fresh water are offered. Also, a wash basin and towel are prepared so that the spirit can wash before indulging in the feast. Candles and incense are burned to help the deceased find the way home. Families also tidy the gravesite of their deceased relatives, snipping weeds, making repairs, painting, and decorating. On November 2, relatives gather at the gravesite to picnic and reminisce. Feasts, lots of tequila, dancing and mariachi music, as well as parades of people dressed as skeletons, all ensure that one’s ancestors are honored.
Other than the imported Halloween celebrations, Asia has its way of paying tributes to the ghosts. In China and Taiwan, April is the month to honor people’s ancestors, whereas the Hungry Ghost Festival /Zhongyuan Festival (中元节) is on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month. The whole month of July starting from the seventh day, is dedicated to dealing with ghosts and worshiping ancestors. Festivities include parades, operas, burning incense, food for the dead and performances to entertain the spirits. The Japanese celebrate the “Obon Festival” in July or August (also known as “Matsuri” or “Urabon”) in dedication to their ancestors’ spirits. Special foods and bright red lanterns are prepared. Candles are lit and placed into lanterns which are then set afloat on rivers and seas. In Korea, “Chusok” in August is for families to thank their ancestors. They make offerings of rice and fruits at their ancestors’ graves.
Halloween, incorporating all the best superstitions of the Roman, Celtic, Catholic and European folk traditions, has become a celebration of the human spirit and the afterlife. While Christmas elicits good cheer, Halloween fosters a night of sensory stimulation. A day to cast out evil spirits as well as celebrate the dead, Halloween is favored and rejoiced around the world.
Asia as a VIP in World Economy *
Asia’s rising affluence has been attracting the world’s private banks to tap into its markets. For example, France’s second largest bank, Credit Agricole SA, is considering expanding its presence in the region. Julius Baer Group Ltd., Switzerland’s third-largest publicly traded private bank, has grasped Asia’s huge growth potential, and foresees a third of its business within five years to be coming from the Asian continent.
Chief Executive Officer Boris Collardi indicates that Asia currently accounts for about 20 percent to 25 percent of its business. He forecasts Asia’s potential to overtake Europe as Julius Baer’s biggest revenue-generating region in the next five years. The bank has been hiring extra staff to meet Asian market needs, and will continue to recruit in Asia. Adding more hubs in the region is also likely to become necessary.
Julius Baer, the fifth-largest private bank in Asia, had $82.4 billion in assets under management and 380 relationship managers at the end of 2016. Regional competitors DBS Group Holdings Ltd. and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp., which have expanded via acquisitions, are close behind in sixth and seventh, according to Asian Private Banker.
Meanwhile, Boston Consulting Group predicts that Singapore and Hong Kong will attract wealth from abroad at more than twice the speed of Switzerland over the next four years. As Asia’s economic expansion draws cash from millionaires, offshore assets will rise at a compound annual average rate of 8 percent through 2021 in Singapore. Hong Kong’s will climb 7 percent, and Switzerland’s, 3 percent. Switzerland remains the world’s No. 1 offshore wealth management hub with $2.4 trillion in assets, twice as much as Singapore’s.
“Relative to Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore are growing faster because of the economic growth from China to India,” said Mariam Jaafar, a Singapore-based BCG partner. “In clients’ minds, Singapore is more independent and secure. The government is also very supportive of the wealth management industry.” China’s restrictions on investment outflows may slow some of the movement of assets from the nation, Jaafar suggested. Still, China ranks above Taiwan, and Hong Kong and Indonesia are the largest source of offshore wealth in the Asia-Pacific region.
Banks from UBS Group AG to Credit Suisse Group AG and DBS Group Holdings Ltd. have been adding wealth management staff to service global clients. Offshore assets in private banking hubs worldwide grew almost 4 percent last year to $10.3 trillion, based on BCG’s report. Amidst the wealthy and rich, Asia certainly plays a VIP role.
What Happens When America Threats *
What happens when rhetoric fires up? More specifically — when the American president and King Jong Un engage in heated verbal retorts? The bombing of Guam? Missiles on North Korea?
The current geopolitical tensions could threaten Asian growth, according to Richard Haas from the Council on Foreign Relations. Asia has been gaining economic success while no major wars impede its progress. Now, China’s territorial aggression, North Korea’s nuclear hostility, and the White House’s stand under President Trump, all cause conflicts that could derail Asia’s economic growth. Mr. Hass indicates that the factors that contributed to peace and stability in Asia “are now coming under increasing pressure.”
Recent developments lead to conflict and disrupt Asian economic prosperity. Chinese demonstrations of sovereignty, about the Belt and Road Initiative — President Xi Jinping’s strategy is to make his country a global superpower. “As China adopts an increasingly assertive foreign policy — exemplified by its border dispute with India and territorial claims in the South China Sea — other countries are increasingly motivated to boost their own military spending. As that happens, it becomes more likely that a disagreement or incident will escalate into a conflict,” Hass writes. “The growing unpredictability of U.S. foreign policy could weaken deterrence and prompt allies to take their security into their own hands.”
The Trump administration, facing the North Korean nuclear issue, has worsened the situation. While executing long-planned military exercises, America mobilized tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops. President Moon Jae-in of South Korea insisted that he holds a veto to any military action. “No matter what options the United States and President Trump want to use, they have promised to have full consultation with South Korea and get our consent in advance,” he said. “The people can be assured that there will be no war.” The North declared that as the military exercises begin, “the Korean People’s Army is keeping a high alert” and “will take resolute steps the moment even a slight sign of the preventive war is spotted.”
A pre-emptive strike or preventive war involves attacking first when an imminent attack is detected from a weaker rival. It is considered illegal under international legal conventions. Trump’s national security officials are walking a tight rope, between curbing the bold threats that the president has tweeted and emphasizing that he is ready to act.
What is the consequence of Trump’s threats, you ask? A freeze of nuclear and missile tests in North Korea to delay the crisis, but not resolving it? Suspending progress on weapons, and all else! War or no war, Asia as a whole will suffer amidst the comebacks. Such military threats, executed or not, already have steep costs.
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Celebration of Fathers *
In Catholic Europe, Father’s Day has been a civic celebration on March 19 (St. Joseph’s Day) since the medieval era. This celebration was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America. In contrast, Father’s Day was not celebrated in the US, outside Catholic traditions, until the 20th century. It was inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day by celebrating fathers and male parenting.
After Anna Jarvis’ promotion of Mother’s Day in Grafton, West Virginia in 1908, the first observance of a “Father’s Day” was held on July 5 of the same year, in Fairmont, West Virginia. Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father, when in December 1907, the Monongah Mining Disaster killed 361 men, 250 of them fathers.
Sonora Smart Dodd in Spokane, Washington, among other Americans in the 20th century, also advocated for Father’s Day. People came to believe that that there ought to be a mother’s day equivalent for fathers. Father’s Day became official in 1972 in America.
Countries around the world celebrate Father’s Day at different times of the year, according to each particular father figure or history of the nation.
In North America, the United Kingdom, and many countries following the American norm, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.
Australia and New Zealand celebrate Father’s Day on the first Sunday in September, which is also the first Sunday of spring in Australia.
In Brazil, Father’s Day (Dia dos Pais, in Portuguese) is celebrated on the second Sunday of August. Publicist Sylvio Bhering picked the day in honor of Saint Joachim, patron of fathers and the father of Mary.
In People’s Republic of China, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June according to international norms, while Taiwan the Republic of China keeps its Chinese tradition of “Ba-Ba Jie/Father’s Day” on August 8, determined by the fact that the eighth (ba) day of the eighth (ba) month makes two “eights” (八八, ba-ba), homophones for the colloquial form of “daddy” (ba-ba，爸爸).
Germans relish their own version of Father’s Day. On the 40th day of Easter, Ascension Day, German men organize hikes and other gatherings, along with ample food and alcohol.
In Thailand, people celebrate fathers on December 5, the birthday of the widely admired King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Thais celebrate traditionally by giving canna flowers (ดอกพุทธรักษา Dok Buddha Ruksa) to father figures. Nowadays, they wear yellow to show respect for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, because yellow is the color of the day for Monday, the day the late king was born.
In Russia, Father’s Day celebration has evolved from a military commemoration to an unofficial tribute to all men on Feb. 23, Defender of the Fatherland Day. Parades honor the Russian Armed Forces, while men receive gifts of gratitude.
In Denmark, Father’s Day is celebrated on June 5, the country’s Constitution Day, in Estonia, Sweden, Norway and Finland, the second Sunday of November, in Haiti, the last Sunday of June, in Indonesia, November 12, in Israel, May 1 together with Workers’ Day or Labor Day. In South Korea, Parents’ day (for both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day) is celebrated on May 8, while in Nepal fathers are honored on the day of Gokarna Aunsi, which occurs in late August or early September, depending on the lunar calendar. In Latvia, Father’s Day (Tēvu diena) is celebrated on the second Sunday of September, Lithuania, the first Sunday of June, Poland, June 23, Samoa, the second Sunday in August, United Arab Emirates, June 21, and Ukraine, the third Sunday of September.
However varied Father’s Day around the world is, fatherhood is key to bonding families and communities. Fathers ought to be honored, as significant pillars and foundations of society.
When the World Celebrates Mothers *
We tend to think more about who we need to be thankful for on special days such as Mother’s Day. Many of us do special things to show appreciation towards mothers or mother figures on this annual celebration. Interestingly, Mother’s Day entails expressions of gratitude in different countries on various calendar days.
Mother’s Day is held on the second Sunday of May in many countries, such as Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. Rooted in traditional Egyptian, Greek or Roman goddesses, Mother’s Day became more universal after Anna Jarvis petitioned, from 1908 to 1914, to honor her own mother and the mothers of sons who lost their lives during the American Civil War.
In the United Kingdom, Mother’s Day is held exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, on the forth Sunday of lent. Some still bake Simnel Cake, a fruit cake with almonds, to represent a break from the fasting from lent for mothers.
Costa Rica celebrates mothers on August 15, the same day as Assumption Day, France, last Sunday in May, Georgia, March 3, Samoa, second Monday of May, North Korea, November 16, and Thailand, August 12. Such variation of dates reflects wide-ranging celebration of each country’s particular female model, deity or idol.
Mexican mothers are serenaded with the song “Las Mañanitas” on May 10, while Argentinian mothers read to their children on the third Sunday of October to mark their version of Mother’s Day. Japanese children draw their mothers in a contest. Samoans organize elaborate song and dance performances throughout the country on Mother’s Day. When the world celebrates mothers, all is jovial and festive.
Carnations or roses are popular as Mother’s Day symbols across Asia and America. Other typical Mothers’ Day presents include cards, cakes, chocolates, and gifts. People gather, celebrate, and spend — Mother’s Day is largely commercialized, with flower shops, jewelry stores, gift shops, restaurants, theaters, airlines, hotels, and department stores advertising promotions and special deals competing for business.
However commercialized Mother’s Day is nowadays, people are willing to spend and buy into advertising gimmicks. Who minds getting a tad showy or tasteless? Who minds taking that extra time to pick out something to please Mom? However far or distant, a kind gesture is all it takes to brighten up someone’s day, someone who has given or nurtured your life. Call, invite, prepare, accompany, and share with Mom. Celebration of mothers ought to be nothing but the very gentlest.
Discussion Questions for The Un-death of Me *
- Do you think this “fictional memoir” is more fictional or autobiographical? To what extent is this book a cross-genre endeavor?
- Does the book start in a disoriented way with a purpose? What purpose does it serve? Reflect on the narrator’s state of mind and how “stream of consciousness” brings out her stories.
- What kind of character is Harry? When the narrator says she needs to teach people how she is to be treated, including adults and children, do you think she has this man and her students/step kids in mind? What other characters might be included in this list of people that need to be taught about cultural competence?
- Do you think the character of Avery Mingli Liang is well developed? How has she changed throughout the book? What kind of realizations does she experience? To what extent is her isolation self-imposed? Does she establish true connections with her husband Abbey Lori? Or is it another quandary?
- What kind of character is Tim Rosenberg? Abbey Lori? How are they similar or different? Why do you think these two men become the most important influencers on Avery’s life?
- Do you think you can be truly empathetic of Avery’s immigration life and experience? Based on your own upbringing and heritage, can you picture what Avery has to undergo in order to find her niche in the American society?
- How sympathetic are you of people of foreign origins? Do you think they should all go home to avoid struggles in their adopted countries? Or, what do immigrant experiences like Avery’s teach you?
- What is your favorite part of the book? Why?
- The differences and similarities among nations are nuanced in this book. Compare and contrast. Give examples.
- The prologue/epilogue of the book draws out the same topic of quest and life fulfilment. To what extent do you think the implications change although they both employs very much of the same narration?
A First in Asia: Taiwan Banned Eating Dog or Cat Meat *
From whales, dolphins, maggots, intestines, heads of calves or sheep and blood sausage in certain European countries, to Central America’s iguanas, and to Asia’s tarantulas, scorpions, chicken feet, dogs, cats, and rats, humans are known to eat some strange things. But nothing seems more inhuman or incomprehensible than eating dogs or cats, whose standings as people’s beloved pets make the East Asian tradition a public disdain.
The consumption of dog meat in East Asian countries has incited an outcry from animal advocates around the world in recent years, with China’s notorious Lychee and Dog Meat Festival under the spotlight. The festival is held annually in June in Yulin, southern China, and has 10,000 dogs killed over a ten-day period. Millions of people have signed petitions to end the event.
Taiwan has outlawed the consumption of dog and cat meat and become the first country in Asia to do so. According to the island’s official Central News Agency (CNA), Taiwan’s legislature passed a landmark amendment to its animal protection laws on Tuesday, April 12. Anyone who buys or eats the meat can be fined up to $8,200. Back in 1998 Taiwan made it illegal to slaughter dogs and cats and sell their meat, but an underground commercial market remained active.
Taiwan has doubled the maximum prison term for animal cruelty to two years and raised the fine up to $65,500 for any act that deliberately harms animals and results in mangled limbs, organ failure or death. The amendment also bans “walking” dogs or cats on a leash pulled by cars and motorcycles.
“Taiwan’s progressive ban is part of a growing trend across Asia to end the brutal dog meat trade,” said Wendy Higgins with Humane Society International.
“Previously, the Animal Protection Act only covered the slaughter and sale of dog and cat meat, but this amendment specifically prohibiting the actual consumption of dog meat today is welcome,” said Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia Foundation.
The centuries-old East Asian tradition is still legal in China, South Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Humane Society International estimates that 30 million dogs are killed annually in Asia. However, the deep-rooted tradition does not have to be a roadblock to progress or innovation. Most Chinese people actually don’t eat dog meat. According to a 2015 Animals Asia study, less than a quarter of Chinese in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai had consumed dog meat in the previous two years. South Korea shows a similar trend away from eating dog meat, especially among young people. With Taiwan’s ban on dog/cat meat, China and South Korea may just follow suit.
Asia Week around the Globe *
A cosmopolitan city never lacks for art, and art festivals seem to arrive to brighten up an era when arts and books can take you different places. Indeed, Asia Week took place in New York this year from March 9 to March 18. San Francisco put extra servings of ancient and modern Asian arts besides its daily offerings recently from September 30 to October 8, 2016. Asian arts in London will be at the forefront from November 2 to November 11, 2017. Hong Kong will have its Asian artistic feast from May 25 to June 10, 2017.
Visitors from around the globe celebrate these visual repasts of shows, films, galleries, museums, auctions, lectures, symposiums, tours, curator talks, and art fairs. In dire contrast, “Asia Week” is nonexistent, or sparse at best in many areas. The University of North Carolina had its Asia Week from February 20 to February 25, 2017. It’s a great way for an academic organization to promote cultural diversity and acceptance. Other colleges, institutions, cities, states, and countries could follow this example, as they continue trying to lure Asian students or customers from abroad. After all, two-thirds of the population on our entire planet is Asian.
Asia Week New York 2017 has grown to 51 dealers, opening the doors to the largest number of privately curated exhibitions in the extraordinary event’s history. Such a magnet for collectors, museum curators, designers, and scholars certainly satisfied its audience with an exquisite array of beauty and human achievement to be seen and savored at venues sprinkled around Manhattan. Behold examples of painting, sculpture, bronzes, ceramics, jewelry, jade, textiles, prints and photographs gathered from all over Asia, and you will have viewed Far Eastern treasures and felt its grandeur.
New York portrays a wonderful city where all citizens of the world feel welcome and at ease, or even at home. How about other areas in America?
America celebrates African American History Month, Hispanic History Month, or Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and has made the celebrations congressional since the 18th century. However, the question remains: how does a country treat its citizens fairly, or view the world wisely? How is a minority person regarded? A fellow countryman? Other than the gesture of acknowledging others’ existence, is America genuinely accepting without casting presumptuous doubts or aggressions? That’s just something to think about. Make it a great week or not; the choice is ours.
Critique: “The Un-Death of Me: Life of an Asian American Woman” by Alicia Su Lozeron is the life account and journey of an immigrant American woman. In “The Un-Death of Me” biographer [sic] Abbey Lori brings a fresh breath of air to this fascinating and consistently compelling account [of] Avery Mingli Liang’s inherently dramatic life. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “The Un-Death of Me” is unreservedly recommended for community and academic library Contemporary Biography Collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that “The Un-Death of Me” is also available in a paperback edition (9780998194103, $20.99) and in a Kindle format ($9.99).
Edward C. Streeter: Heartfelt and Genuine Portrayal of an Immigrant Woman’s Life
This “fictional narrative” describes a woman’s journey to self-discovery and fulfillment. Alicia Su Lozeron depicts how Avery, the book’s lead character, has come up against and overcome prejudice and insecurity. In doing so, she has portrayed the immigrant experience – granted, the experience of an immigrant who is educated and talented – in a fresh light. I especially enjoyed the chapters on Avery’s many travels, filled with vivid and descriptive observations. This is a heartwarming and optimistic look at how an Asian woman in the United States can – with perseverance and determination, creativity and open-mindedness – reach her goals.
RAL Tiger: Great book well worth the read! Very interesting!
I read the book as a personal exercise to become more Globally Competent. It was an interesting read. It contained a lot of global references and many exotic locations. You can tell the characters/author are well travelled. There was an interesting level of in-depth local and cultural knowledge in each trip by the couple. It really came across as a real life story and adventure. I liken it to the accuracies found in the Dan Brown books wrapped around a certain level of fiction. I recommend the book. It will open your eyes in many ways and you may just look at the people around differently and with a more open mind. Great book! I can’t wait for the next one!
This book brings something unique and much needed in today’s literature–the perspective of Asian-American women as seen by themselves and not the fantastical dreams of others. The book explores a myriad of themes–acceptance, beauty, cultural expectations of women, Asian women, and step-mothers, as well as traveling the world as a World Citizen. A worthwhile read for anyone interested in the cultural persectives [sic] of others.
Beautifully written and it helps me appreciate people of various backgrounds, and expand knowledge about the world. Great read! I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
Are You Globally Competent? A Quiz for Fun *
Cultural incompetence is like a shadow personality; it creeps up on you when you least expect or even realize it. When you presume and judge, you cloud your vision by having wrongful perceptions about people. So, if you are not globally competent or strive to be, chances are that you are biased without intent.
Worldwide Consensus Definition of Global Competence:
“Having an open mind while actively seeking to understand cultural norms and expectations of others, and leveraging this gained knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.”
~ William Hunter, Ed.D., 2004
Are you globally competent?
Take the quiz and find out!
- When I work with people of foreign origins, I
a. evaluate them as colleagues.
b. help them as colleagues.
c. dislike them as colleagues.
d. see them as colleagues.
2. I imitate people’s accents —
a. for fun.
c. without thinking.
d. why not.
3. Will you lunch with a famous dictator, known for disrespecting women?
a. No, never.
c. Yes, I will get to know his thoughts.
d. How fun. I will argue with him.
4. If you eat out twice a week, where will you go?
a. I go to the same restaurants I like.
b. I try new restaurants.
c. I follow reviews of restaurants.
d. I go where my friends go.
5. You see a movie with untraditional scenes (ex LGBT pictures). What is your reaction?
a. I rush out of the theater, asking myself, “What the heck was that about?”
b. I think to myself, “Hmm, I wonder what that is really like?”
c. I decide to ignore the scenes.
d. I try to see the theme of the movie without overthinking the particular scenes.
6. A foreign-looking woman shows up at your social event.
a. I decide she does not speak English and avoid talking to her
b. I pay attention to her and see if she needs help
c. I interact with her as usual.
d. I try to find out if she is an alien.
7. How attentive are you to others’ feelings and needs at a social setting?
a. I have to be the life of the party.
b. I keep it to my circle of friends.
c. I try talking to everyone.
d. I go off and ignore my friends.
8. How religiously tolerant are you?
a. I only make friends with similar religious beliefs.
b. I am friends with people of all religions.
c. I think some religions are stupid.
d. I stick to my belief and think people should have the rights to their faith.
9. Are you a hater?
a. I hate my boss.
b. I hate my step-mom.
c. I hate when my life is obstructed.
d. I hate everybody.
10. Do you feel superior to others?
a. Of course, I am the best.
b.Yes, my family is the best.
c. Yes, my countrymen are the best in the world.
d. Not particularly, though I am proud of who I am.
- a/1, b/3, c/2, d/4
- a/1, b/4, c/2, d/3
- a/1, b/2, c/4, d/3
- a/2, b/4, c/3, d/1
- a/1, b/3, c/2, d/4
- a/1, b/3, c/4, d/2
- a/1, b/3, c/4, d/2
- a/1, b/3, c/2, d/4
- a/3, b/2, c/4, d/1
10.a/1,b/2, c/3, d/4
Now, add your scores and see where you land on the global-competence spectrum:
(32-40) Competent Adventurers. You’re strong enough to be open to experience and people. Weakness creates ignorance, racism, xenophobia, and cruelty. The more self-assured you are, the more open you are to new ideas and different people.
(20-31) Half-Competent . You’re not too far from the path to global competence, but you hesitate to let go of your old ideas and habits. Learn to look at others’ perspectives. You will be on your way to new grounds in no time.
(10-19) Followers. You aren’t thinking for yourself. Do you belong to a certain political party or social club just because your parents do? Be careful not to let yourself get too comfortable in your own zone. Try something new, put yourself in others’ shoes, and travel a bit–maybe you’ll see how wide and beautiful the world actually is someday.
Global Competence Revisited *
The interconnected world requires our nation to nurture citizens, workers and leaders who actually know something about the world — its cultures, customs, languages, and how the world’s economic, environmental and social systems work. Taking a closer look at the concept of global competence may help illustrate how nationalism or protectionism may be counter-productive. On our path to problem solving or cultural and economic advancement, working with the rest of the world will prove to be more sensible. A global view of the big picture may just be what everyone needs to acquire or perfect.
Global competence starts with awareness, curiosity, and interest in learning about the world. While investigating the world, globally competent citizens identify, collect, and analyze credible information from a variety of local, national and international sources, including those in multiple languages. They can connect the local to the global on important questions and issues. They can weigh and integrate evidence to create a coherent response that considers multiple perspectives and draws defensible conclusions.
Global competence encompasses the ability to recognize each of us has a particular perspective, and that others may or may not share the same viewpoint. One should attempt to articulate and explain others’ standpoints, and further identify influences on these perceptions, including how different environments or access to knowledge, technology, and resources can affect people’s ideologies. By comparing and contrasting one’s perspective with others, one should be able to integrate ideas to construct a well-rounded outlook.
Globally competent citizens understand that people differ on the basis of culture, geography, faith, ideology, financial condition, and other factors, and that they may perceive different meanings from the same information. They understand how ideas should be communicated through diverse media, including through respectful online social networking and technology. They strive to interpret information as objectively as they can.
From learning about the world to making a difference in the world takes actions and innovations. Alone or with others, globally competent citizens can envision and weigh options on evidence and insight; they can assess their potential impact, taking into account varied perspectives and potential consequences of others; and they show courage to act and reflect on their actions.
Global competence also requires the ability to understand prevailing world conditions, issues, and trends through an interdisciplinary lens, in order to understand the interconnectedness of the issue and its broad themes as well as subtle nuances. So, let’s understand how the relative balance of power between societies and cultures has significant short-and long-term consequences. Let’s be life-long learners.
This President’s Day, let’s do our homework:
What are our founding fathers and leaders’ teachings?
What are the principles that govern our country?
Is immigration beneficial or detrimental to our society?
Should people of particular origins be banned from traveling to our country?
Is the Keystone Pipeline beneficial or detrimental to our economy, and to our environment?
Global Competence entails asking important questions, as well as conducting thorough examination and research before answering them. Keeping in mind and always considering: someone else may form a completely different perspective. Only through informed dialog and in keeping an open mind can we really be considered Globally Competent Citizens.
Before you have your answers, do more homework — think hard and think again.
Readers, please add the effects of the book on you to the existing list below. *
Reading The Un-death of Me:
- helps me overcome difficulties or fears and find beauty in positive human interactions;
- helps me appreciate people of various backgrounds, and expand knowledge about the world;
- helps me understand interracial or blended family relations;
- helps me savor intricate feelings and emotions about important subjects in life;
- helps me gain enjoyment through poetic narrations;
- helps me realize a new perspective of hope, courage, and respect for others;
- helps me raise awareness about cultural competence;
- helps me nurture a well-rounded global outlook;
- motivates me to promote an open/just community;
- urges me to develop ability to see the big picture using multiple frames of references;
- helps me strengthen the ability to express genuine love;
- helps me decrease conflict by learning to trust and to resolve disagreements….
A WHOLE LOT OF LOVE AND CULTURE *
— BIDE THE BEATEN, BOOST OUR BROKEN *
Las Vegas, Nevada – January 30, 2017 — With the new order in 2017, you’re feeling downtrodden for the turn our country has taken. You fear for the whole world. This message is especially for you. We know exactly where you’re coming form and what you need: A WHOLE LOT OF LOVE AND CULTURE.
Friends, Families, Fellow Countrymen and World Citizens, our latest book release The Un-death of Me: Life of an Asian American Woman by Alicia Su Lozeron can provide just that — a whole lot of love and a path to cultural competence and acceptance.
Through a life story of an immigrant American woman, this book brings about “exquisite accounts of cultural conflicts and inspirational perspectives on human interactions,” as Michelle Young of New York, NY reviewed. Avery Mingli Liang’s accent and looks exposed her to extreme discrimination, stereotyping, and insensitivity. She was unable to feel self-worth, accomplishment, fulfillment, or true human connection in her adopted country.
Avery struggled to create her own identity, and to escape the trappings of what a traditional woman and wife should be. Her life journey took her all over the world to witness intricate engagements, and to observe scandalous incidents of both the high and the low societies. Indeed, her story provides “an excellent source of stimulation for men, women, husbands, wives, daughters, and sons — for anyone concerned with humanity and global interests.” (Young)
As vjkt of Las Vegas, NV observed, “The Un-death of Me conveys a brilliant meandering literary narration of an Asian American woman immigrant grappling with subtle emotions when associating with the world. In her quest for love and meaning, her story is deftly infused with effervescent intricacies, striking social insights, and profound empathy and compassion. Alicia Su Lozeron has created a masterful and resounding narrative that shapes our confounding yet precious world.”
Take a peek into the beaten chapters of Avery’s life; watch her overcome obstacles and soar. With mutual understandings among cultures, our broken society may begin to mend.
The Un-death of Me: Life of an Asian American Woman
Authored by Alicia Su Lozeron, (Master’s Degrees in English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, New York, NY, etc.; Licensed Secondary English Language Arts Instructor, Las Vegas, NV)
Released October 2016; ISBN: 9780998194127, 9780998194110, 9780998194103, and 9780998194141
Asia-America Connection Society, AACS LLC email@example.com 7624 Genzer Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Alicia Su Lozeron — A strong writer, teacher and translator. Alicia always gives 110%…. *
A strong writer, teacher and translator. Alicia always gives 110% and has the experience and knowhow to complete the task. Alicia also has a strong history in Sales and Marketing, and so she sees things others miss. Multifaceted, energetic, and concise. Alicia can get the job done and then some!
Source: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicia-su-lozeron (December
Senior Sales Executive at Cantata Health
Asia-America Connection Society — They are very good at what they do. *
They did great work at a reasonable rate.
Source: https://www.facebook.com/aacs.website (November 2016)
The Journey of Pursuit | The Un-death of Me *
It was in the journey of pursuit that Avery attained possibilities of joy, of happiness — rather than giving up a quest, she searched, aimed, fired, killed what’s detrimental, and experienced destruction akin to death, in order to resurrect herself to new forms of bliss. It’s what went on in the world, and on the journey of pursuit that gave her peace, that turned the death of her old self into a rebirth, into the un-death of her.
Willa Cather once explained how it happened. When she found out how to take her journey, or to let her journey take her, she told stories about herself:
If there is one thing one can always yearn for and sometimes attain, it is human love…. You get to find your own way to dig out a heart and shake it off and hold it up to the light again. We all are…. Trying to invent our version of the story. All human odes are essentially one. “My life: what I sole from history, and how I live with it.”
Like a story Avery told herself and the world, like a story unfolding in a book — with luck, life came true.
–Excerpt from Prologue, The Un-death of Me
The Un-death of Me | Exquisite Accounts of Cultural Conflicts and Inspirational Perspectives on Human Interactions. *
The Un-death of Me delivers exquisite accounts of cultural conflicts and inspirational perspectives on human interactions. This book is an excellent source of stimulation for men, women, husbands, wives, daughters, and sons–for anyone concerned with humanity and global interests. As a lover of diverse cultures and travels, I find Alicia Su Lozeron’s narrative entertaining and at the same time, thought-provoking. I love the mentalities of “seeing the big picture” and “multiple frames of reference,” and advocate more readers and reviews for this significant, heartening debut.
Michelle Young, NY, NY
The Un-death of Me | A Brilliant Meandering Literary Narration *
The Un-death of Me conveys a brilliant meandering literary narration of an Asian American woman immigrant grappling with subtle emotions when associating with the world: her home country, adopted country, locales she travels to, and people she encounters, far and near, distant or close. In her quest for love and meaning, her story is deftly infused with effervescent intricacies, striking social insights, and profound empathy and compassion. Alicia Su Lozeron has created a masterful and resounding narrative that shapes our confounding yet precious world.
vjkt, LV, NV
A Journey of Love|The Un-death of Me *
Traveling, became not only her passion, her favorite way of learning about the world, but her escape from mundane challenges, and her precious time alongside her husband to appreciate the bigger picture of life together. Traveling, provided Avery with spaces and channels in which she could process her thoughts to ascend to a happier place and realize what treasurable aspects of life she needed to retain and reinforce, and what despicable patterns of living she wanted to diminish, deescalate, and discard.
Avery was often humored by the fact that she was welcome everywhere she traveled to, treated as a five-star VIP simply because she was spending, happily contributing to a country’s economy. Furthermore, she could pass for a local in many places she visited because she always explored every corner of a town or a city to the extent that her efforts to mingle and learn earned her many dear friends and helpful allies.
In dire contrast, she could not get past the fact that she had to deal with discrimination and mistreatment in the city she called home! Perhaps Avery’s global interest and open mindset was more agreeable with people who were also concerned with humanity, who were curious about mankind as a whole. She was not a typical Las Vegan, New Yorker, American, Taiwanese, or of any particular nationality. She was most comfortable living outside the box, looking in. She was a World Citizen. She loved traveling with her husband Abbey.
There was no other way to put the sparkle in Avery’s eyes than a mere suggestion such as: “Let’s go on a road trip this weekend…. We need to plan for our winter/summer trips.” And so Abbey and Avery went on numerous road trips and flew to countless exotic locales over many weekends, spring breaks as well as winter/summer vacations. Their life together was full of adventures and learnings. Avery could not find a better partner in life; she was immensely grateful for everything her husband brought to enrich her life. Even the difficulty with her step children seemed miniscule in the grand scheme of things.
As world citizens, Abbey and Avery traveled to the Bahamas, Belize, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. They toured through the European countries of England, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Greece, and Italy. They went further to the Southeast Asian countries of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. They circled back to Japan, Korea, and China. Avery welcomed a sense of purpose, a mission to find an ideal mental and physical place. It differed in intent from the youthful roaming thirst during the travels with her ex-husband Tim. She was young and had no home then; she matured and had a charged sagacity of a homemaker now. Would she and Abbey find that ideal place together through life’s journey? Would they combine and merge their worlds to build a healthy life together?
Would they march onward and upward through trials and tribulations in life? Would they reconcile their intrinsic differences as man and woman, father and step-mother, Westerner and Asian? Were they in their own globes or were they fortunate enough to share and converge? What had they learned? What had they taken away with them to the world? What kind of settings would they leave behind and what kind of home would they build? Would it be a better, improved place? Or, would it be another world to cast their injuries and successes in? Avery had faith, and she could only sail with her heart to face fearlessly whatever came her way. — Excerpt from The Un-death of Me
The Un-death of Me | Compelling and Heart-Warming *
Alicia Su Lozeron’s debut book is compelling and heart-warming in the way the narrative ambles to unfold the protagonist’s life that inspires courage and perseverance. I admire her “can do” spirit and applaud her well-rounded outlook on life. I can’t imagine myself traveling afar and having to endure the kind of challenges she faces. Her story provides a window to our diverse society, and forges spacious unlimited dimensions for all to observe our beautiful and abundant world.
Fred Williamson, LA, CA
A Fictional World Full of Contemporary and Global Resonance | The Un-death of Me *
A fictional world full of contemporary and global resonance: alienation, individuality, self-doubt, self-discovery, complexities of love and marriage, quests of fulfillment and happiness, (in)justice, cultural diversity, discrimination, and mankind as a whole…. Its subtle yet intense emotions detailed in the many characters and locales, render a visionary sense of humanity, gratifying and unforgettable in their own rights.
While Ayaan Hirsi Ali (the Somali-born Dutch-American activist, author, and former Dutch politician) attracts wide attention and perhaps induces negative criticism to Islamic cultural limitations in her autobiography Infidel: My Life — Alicia Su Lozeron’s account of an Asian American immigrant woman in The Un-death of Me brings about celebrations on cultural differences as well as similarities. It embraces mankind and human endeavors, proposing balanced mindsets very much needed in today’s polarized societies.
Home and Beyond |The Un-death of Me *
Bensheng people were the Taiwanese/ Chinese people who had long resided on the island of Taiwan since as early as the 13th Century, perhaps during the Yuan dynasty, long before the Portuguese discovered and named the land Formosa in the 16th Century. Waisheng people were the Chinese w…ho fled to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War between the Nationalists and the Communists. For better or worse, these two groups of people coexisted along with the indigenous tribes of the isle, and so the political situations in Taiwan always centered on the integral process of making the country one homeland to be or not to be recognized on the international stage, to be or not to be part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC, the communist China or Mainland China), or to be or not to be its own, Republic of China (ROC, Taiwan as a country, a state, or as a province of China).
Both Avery’s parents’ families had been in Taiwan for generations from God-knows-where in China. Some said the northeast and others assumed Fukien Province because most Taiwanese people were from there. Avery did not see herself to be any more or less of a homegrown Taiwanese than the Waishengers (outside-province people). But there sure was a lot of problematic tension brought by the new influx of Chinese migrants and the Kuomintang government — even till the modern times. Looking at the pro-Taiwan-independence DPP (Democratic Progressive Party), one would discern how history often had a way of getting to you. President Chen Shui-bian was enormously disappointing, as he broadcasted Taiwanese independence, but in the long run, was just as corrupt as the Kuomintang government preceding him. Taiwan continued the status quo with the Mainland China, to be the China hardly acknowledged by the world. Taiwan, The Republic of China, was scarcely a part of international engagements after the People’s Republic of China replaced the entity to be a charter member and one of the five permanent members of the United Nations in the 1970s.
Most Taiwanese civilians cared more about economic prosperity than a corrupt independent Taiwan. If Avery had felt any animosity toward the Waishengers (outside-province people), she would have understood somehow the ways she was regarded in her adopted new country of USA….