Talking Immigration and Identity in Asia with Author Karen Ma

SAN FRANCISCO – Tuesday, June 24th, 2014. On Thursday, July 17th at 7:00 PM, Karen Ma will discuss her debut novel Excess Baggage at Eastwind Books of Berkeley.  The event will include a short reading, an author-led discussion and a book signing. Karen will also be available to answer audience questions.

Excess Baggage chronicles two Chinese sisters, one raised in China during the Cultural Revolution and the other in Japan during the freewheeling years of bubble capitalism. As they reunite as adults in Tokyo the sisters circle warily.  Fueled by family lies and secrets, their initial distrust grows until each must confront a fundamental question: what is the meaning of home when your roots aren’t secure?

Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, writes, “I couldn’t put down this immensely readable first novel about a dysfunctional Chinese family living in Japan… The book is great fun and at the same time packed with wisdom about the struggle between traditional Asian families and the imperative to get rich.”

Karen Ma has lived a combined 20 years in Asia working as a writer and journalist. She has written for a number of international publications, including The International Herald Tribune, New York Newsday, The Japan Times and South China Morning Post. Karen is also the author of The Modern Madame Butterfly (Tuttle, 1996).

The talk will be hosted at Eastwind Books of Berkeley. Situated next to the UC Berkeley Campus at 2066 University Avenue, Eastwind Books of Berkeley has been a fixture of the San Francisco Bay area literary community since 1982.

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