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  • The Chopsticks-Fork Principle - Comments from Readers & Reviewers
    scroll down to read a selection of comments by reviewers and readers I began reading immediately and quickly became immersed in your beautifully crafted stories and observations Having been raised by parents of a different ethnic background I enjoy reading the works of others who have struggled with some of the same multicultural issues With age came the ever increasing appreciation for our family traditions and culture and the ability to pass them on to our children Maureen Moses I have been reading your book slowly Savoring every page and I love it I guess I ve gotten to see more of you than I expected Doug Anderson This book does for the mind what sweet and sour does for the palate It is spicy and poignant it takes your breath away and leaves you hungering for more Carol R Ochs author of Our Lives as Torah Zany moving hilarious and deep not infrequently all at once Cathy Bao Bean gives us a rollicking tour of the Bean method of merging work and play while negotiating cultural and generational divides Celia Morris author of Fanny Wright Rebel in America and Finding Celia s Place Bao Bean s postwar adventures evoke the America of Breakfast at Tiffany s and Auntie Mame If these stories remind us of nothing so much as the picaresque we remember that the picaresque is the single most characteristic genre of postwar literature Ralph V Norman editor of Soundings An Interdisciplinary Journal Cathy Bao Bean writes as she speaks with verve flair and bounce Anyone with half an ear and one good eye will enjoy reading this book Merrill Maguire Skaggs the late Baldwin Professor of Humanities Drew University Want to order a copy Then click on the bookcover image above Save the Dates Wednesday Friday June

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  • Publication Announcement of The Chopsticks Fork Principle by Cathy Bao Bean
    you laugh and wonder maybe cry and it will certainly charm and entertain you while you ponder your knows The book is a memoir In the author s words In 1959 when I was a Junior in Teaneck High School I learned about Hybrid Vigor in Biology class The idea was that when two different strains of corn were crossed the result was greater than was normal for either parent type In 1974 when I was a new mother in the maternity ward I wondered if the same principle couldn t be deliberately applied to cultures in our case the Chinese and American Physically we had the makings for such an experiment Our newly born son was half Asian half Caucasian Intellectually I formulated his prospects from the wealth of his dual heritage translating his ancestors stories into a future neither side could have imagined yet both had anticipated to some degree Practically I worried just how much difference it would make that he wasn t an ear of corn But the book is also a manual which explains how anyone who steps outside the home can benefit by greater awareness of the diversity within and around us because The Politically Correct may have thrown out the melting pot and replaced its brew with tossed salad and dressing or smorgasbord but in their recommendations for society s diet the menus never explain how we individual ingredients are to be grown and prepared In Cathy Bao Bean s book she starts with The Facts including I was born Bao Kwei yee in the Year of the Water Horse during the 77th or 78th Cycle depending on which book you consult Four years later my parents older sister Bette and I arrived in Brooklyn My younger sister SanSan stayed in China One

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