Oriental Girls Desire Romance

Oriental Girls Desire Romance New York of the eighties a time and a place where money is the most powerful intoxicant and glamour demands the embrace of excess While fortunes are made in Soho galleries and on Wall Street an under

  • Title: Oriental Girls Desire Romance
  • Author: Catherine Liu
  • ISBN: 9781885030245
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
  • New York of the eighties a time and a place where money is the most powerful intoxicant and glamour demands the embrace of excess While fortunes are made in Soho galleries and on Wall Street, an underclass of transients drag queens and dandies, strippers and artists circulate through the streets, serving as the city s background color, cheap labor, and sleazy entertaNew York of the eighties a time and a place where money is the most powerful intoxicant and glamour demands the embrace of excess While fortunes are made in Soho galleries and on Wall Street, an underclass of transients drag queens and dandies, strippers and artists circulate through the streets, serving as the city s background color, cheap labor, and sleazy entertainment The unnamed narrator of Oriental Girls Desire Romance, a young Chinese American woman, is a sharp and eloquent wit who skirts the edges of privilege and privation in this, New York s own floating world A refugee from the neuroses of an Ivy League education and feudal obligations to an immigrant family, she is a theory junkie strung out on sexual and intellectual highs Learning from the defiant grace of her snap queen friends, she navigates the demimonde with a wit that is at once perceptive, hilarious, and refreshingly unhinged.

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    1. So I didn't read Oriental Girls Desire Romance in two nights like Kathy Acker did; I read it fast-yet-slow in four, and I kept bringing the book up in conversations because it was like talking about myself and beyond. Catherine Liu takes you, introspectively, through themes of relationships, love, sex (the parts most resonating to me), trying to be a writer but being held back by so many things (another "ugh, yes!" moment), troubled family dynamics, disconnecting friendships, not having enough m [...]

    2. “Long before queer theory had become an established means of making a career in academia, I started serving an apprenticeship to a way of being that helped me survive the minor catastrophe and miracle of having been born a girl who was supposed to transform into a woman. I don’t know what else to call it but drag. The label now seems rather opportunistic because of recent developments in politics and the media, but at that time, drag was about a constant celebration of the powers of excess a [...]

    3. Wonderful writing, funny but sad. It is so evocative. I can't believe more people haven't read this book. It's everything you'd want out of a book.

    4. I loved this book, even though I can imagine lots of people being turned off by it. It follows a young, unnamed Chinese American narrator through her aimless, troubled existence in NYC in the eighties. The novel just ends--it's mostly in her head, nothing really happens, and she doesn't really grow or change. But I found her so relatable, embarrassingly so. In fact, for much of it, I felt like I was reading the diary of my depressed, self-indulgent 19-year-old self lost in SF. Liu gets so many t [...]

    5. The novel consists of a bunch of episodes in which the narrator does seedy things between bouts of extended navel-gazing in order to convince herself that she's independent and edgy instead of a self-absorbed princess. The episodes exist independently of one another and don't build up to anything. The novel just ends without any sort of climax or change. It really could have ended at any point before the final sentence because there's no internal structure. Frustrating.

    6. Some parts resonated with me more than others, but overall definitely a book I'd recommend. I love her writing and insights, and it was fascinating seeing the overlaps with Eating Chinese Food Naked.

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