Cha Review of Books & Films

Here, we present the reviews that will be published in a forthcoming issue of Cha.

from Issue 42—Eleventh Anniversary Issue (January 2019)

  • Joyce Lau reviews Joshua Samuel Brown and Stephanie Huffman’s Formosa Moon {Read}
  • Zeny May Dy Recidoro reviews Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds: A Collection of Short Medieval Japanese Tales (eds. Keller Kimbrough and Haruo Shirane) {Read}
  • Swathi Parasuraman reviews Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West {Read}
  • Daryl Lim Wei Jie reviews Yang Mu’s Hawk of the Mind: Collected Poems, edited by Michelle Yeh {Read}
  • Angela Qian reviews John Nathan’sSōseki: Modern Japan’s Greatest Novelist {Read}
  • James Au Kin-Pong reviewsJun’ichirō Tanizaki’s In Black and White (translated by Phyllis I. Lyons) {Read}
  • Susan Blumberg-Kason responds to Jane Weizhen Pan and Martin Merz’s response to her review of Eileen Chang’s Little Reunions (translated by Jane Weizhen Pan and Martin Merz) {Read}
  • Jane Weizhen Pan and Martin Merz respond to Susan Blumberg-Kason’s review of  Eileen Chang’s Little Reunions (translated by Jane Weizhen Pan and Martin Merz) {Read}
  • Kate Rogers reviews Rochelle Potkar’s Paper Asylum and Four Degrees of Separation {Read}
  • Paoi Wilmer reviews Chi Pang-yuan’s The Great Flowing River: A Memoir of China, from Manchuria to Taiwan, translated by John Balcom {Read}
  • Nina Powles reviewsNashua Gallagher’s All the Words a Stage {Read}
  • John W. Steele reviews Jenna Le’sA History of the Cetacean American Diaspora {Read}
  • Maialen Marin-Lacarta reviewsContemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories: A Parallel Text (edited and translated by Aili Mu, with Mike Smith) {Read}
  • Susan Blumberg-Kason reviews Eileen Chang’s Little Reunions (translated by Jane Weizhen Pan and Martin Merz) {Read}
  • Ronald Torrance reviews Su Tong’s Petulia’s Rouge Tin (translated by Jane Weizhen Pan and Martin Merz) {Read}
  • Jason S Polley reviews Kawika Guillermo’s Stamped: An Anti-travel Novel {Read}

.from Issue 41—”Writing Singapore” (September 2018)

  • Michael Tsang reviews Crazy Rich Asians (novel and film) {Read}
  • Sandro Lau reviews Victor Fernando R. Ocampo’s The Infinite Library and Other Stories and This is How You Walk on the Moon, edited by Patricia Karunungan, Samuel Caleb Wee and Wong Wen Pu {Read}
  • Anna Onni reviews Shubigi Rao, Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book Volume I of V {Read}
  • Kate Rogers reviews Toh Hsien Min’s Dans Quel Sens Tombent Les Feuilles (translated by Jacques Rancourt), and From Walden to Woodlands: An Anthology of Nature Poems (edited by Ow Yeong Wai Kit and Muzakkir Samat) {Read}
  • Joshua Ip reviews Rachel Heng’s Suicide Club {Read}
  • Jerome Lim reviews Alvin Pang’s What Happened: Poems 1997–2017 {Read}
  • Pow Jun Kai reviews In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore on Airports and Air Travel (edited by Zhang Ruihe and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow) {Read}
  • Stephanie Studzinski reviews Audrey Chin’s Nine Cuts and Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Babel Via Negativa {Read}
  • Mandy Chi Man Lo reviews Jeremy Tiang’s State of Emergency and Living with Myths in Singapore (edited by Loh Kah Seng, Thum Ping Tjin and Jack Meng-Tat Chia) {Read}
  • Al Lim reviews Daryl Lim Wei Jie’s A Book of Changes {Read}
  • Chloe Leung reviews Grace Chia’s The Wanderlusters {Read}
  • Samantha Toh reviews Cheryl Julia Lee’s We Were Always Eating Expired Things {Read}
  • Angus Whitehead reviews Jennifer Anne Champion’s Caterwaul {Read}
  • Paul Jerusalem reviews Ng Yi-Sheng’s A Book of Hims {Read}
  • Ann Ang reviews Sharlene Teo’s Ponti {Read}
  • Theophilus Kwek reviews Kirstin Chen’s Bury What We Cannot Take and Suchen Christine Lim’s The Man Who Wore His Wife’s Sarong: Stories of the Unsung, Unsaid and Uncelebrated in Singapore {Read}
  • Ng Yi-Sheng review Kevin Martens Wong’s Altered Straits and JY Yang’s Tensorate Series {Read}
  • Angus Whitehead reviews Samuel Lee’s A Field Guide to Supermarkets in Singapore {Read}
  • Patrick Jiang reviews Gwee Li Sui, Spiaking Singlish: A Companion to How Singaporeans Communicate {Read}
  • Nina Powles reviews Grace Chia’s Mother of All Questions {Read}

from Issue 40—”Writing the Philippines” (July 2018)

  • Carolyn Lau reviews Alma Cruz Miclat’s Soul Searchers and Dreamers: Artists’ Profiles {Read}
  • Janice Tsang reviews Bending Without Breaking: Thirteen Women’s Stories of Migration and Resilience (edited by Monette Bichsel, Lenny Kaye Bugayong and Lily C. Fen) {Read}
  • Karlo Antonio Galay David reviews Mindanao Harvest 3: An Anthology of Retold Tales of Mindanao, edited by Christine Godinez-Ortega {Read}
  • Chloe Leung reviews Marguerite Alcazaren de Leon’s People in Panic {Read}
  • Goh Cheng Fai Zach reviews Johanna Michelle Lim’s What Distance Tells Us: Travel Essays about the Philippines {Read}
  • Natalia Delazari reviews Angelo R. Lacuesta’s Coral Cove and Other Stories, {Read}
  • Alfred A. Yuson reviews Francis C. Macansantos’s Snail Fever {Read}
  • Sandro Lau reviews David R. Brubaker’s Liberace’s Filipino Cousin {Read}
  • Christian Benitez reviews Charlie Samuya Veric’s Histories {Read}
  • Jennifer Mackenzie reviews Tim Tomlinson’s Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse {Read}
  • Jason G. Coe reviews Christopher B. Patterson’s Transitive Cultures: Anglophone Literature of the Transpacific {Read}

from Issue 39 (April 2018)

  • Kate Rogers reviews Stephanie Han’s Swimming in Hong Kong {Read}
  • Goh Cheng Fai Zach reviews Malachi Edwin Vethamani’s Complicated Lives and Malchin Testament: Malaysian Poems, edited by Malachi Edwin Vethamani {Read}
  • Michael Tsang reviews Wesley Leon Aroozoo’s I Want to Go Home (translator: Miki Hawkinson) {Read}
  • Kevin Tan Kwan Wei reviews Warran Kalasegaran, Lieutenant Kurosawa’s Errand Boy {Read}
  • Grace Chia reviews Jang Hoon’s A Taxi Driver (Taeksi Woonjunsa) {Read}
  • Matt Turner reviews Paul French’s Bloody Saturday: Shanghai’s Darkest Day {Read}
  • Vivian Tang reviews Chung Man Yee’s And I Hate You So (Siu chan chan) {Read}
  • Wong Wen Pu reviews Boey Kim Cheng’s Gull Between Heaven and Earth {Read}
  • Brian Haman reviews Mohamed Latiff Mohamed’s Lost Nostalgia (translated by Nazry Bahrawi) {Read}
  • Ilaria Maria Sala reviews Wu He’s Remains of Life (translated by Michael Berry) {Read}
  • Rochelle Potkar reviews Kate Rogers’ Out of Place {Read}
  • Matt Turner reviews Kaitlin Solimine’s Empire of Glass {Read}
  • Maja Milatovic reviews Lachlan Brown’s Lunar Inheritance {Read}
  • Jason S Polley reviews Henry Wei Leung’s Goddess of Democracy: An Occupy Lyric {Read}
  • Mark Stevenson reviews Poems of Lê Văn Tài, Nguyn Tôn Hit & Phan Quỳnh Trâm, edited by Nguyễn Hưng Quốc and Nhã Thuyên {Read}
  • Eleanor Goodman reviews Richard Berengarten’s Changing {Read}
  • Amanda Cattel reviews Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman {Read}

.from Issue 38—”Writing Hong Kong” (December 2017)

  • Nicholas Chan reviews Guy Sanderson Shirra’s The Accidental Prawn: “Interesting Times” – Policing 20th Century Hong Kong and Other Stories {Read}
  • Janice Tsang reviews Liu Waitong’s Wandering Hong Kong with Spirits {Read}
  • Liz Wan reviews Viki Holmes’ Girls’ Adventure Stories of Long Ago {Read}
  • Natalie Liu reviews Michael Kaan’s The Water Beetles {Read}
  • Michael Tsang reviews Antony Dapiran’s City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong {Read}
  • Abraham Overbeeke reviews Karen Fang’s Arresting Cinema: Surveillance in Hong Kong Film {Read}
  • Joyce Lau reviews Robert Gottlieb and Simon Ng’s Global Cities: Urban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China {Read}
  • W.F. Lantry reviews Magnus Renfrew’s Uncharted Territory: Culture and Commerce in Hong Kong’s Art World {Read}
  • Vivian Tang reviews Dung Kai-Cheung’s Cantonese Love Stories {Read}
  • Susan Blumberg-Kason reviews Chan Chi-fat’s Weeds on Fire (Dian wu bu) {Read}
  • Michael Tsang reviews PEN Hong Kong’s Hong Kong 20/20: Reflections on a Borrowed Place {Read}
  • Jason Y. Ng reviews Ben Bland’s Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China’s Shadow {Read}
  • Ray Hecht reviews John Saeki’s The Tiger Hunters of Tai O {Read}
  • Mike Ingham reviews Xu Xi’s Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy For A City {Read}
  • Jason S Polley reviews Christopher DeWolf’s Borrowed Spaces: Life Between the Cracks of Modern Hong Kong {Read}
  • Susan Blumberg-Kason reviews Joe Piscatella’s Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower {Read}
  • Karen Fang reviews Ann Hui’s Our Time Will Come and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk {Read}
  • Douglas Kerr reviews Chan Ho-Kei’s The Borrowed {Read}
  • Matt Turner reviews Simon Cartledge’s A System Apart {Read}