Building on the success of the Journey Prize-shortlisted title story, the stories of How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? present an updated and whimsical new take on what it means to be Canadian. Lau alludes to the personal and political histories of a number of young Asian Canadian characters to explain their unique perspectives of the world, artfully fusing pure delusion and abstract perception with heartbreaking reality.Correspondingly, the book's title refers to an interview with Chinese basketball star Yao Ming, who when asked about the Shanghai Sharks, the team that shaped his formative sporting years, responded, "How does a single blade of grass thank the sun?" Lau's stories feature the children and grandchildren of immigrants, transnational adoptees and multiracial adults who came of age in the 1990sall struggling to find a place in the Western world and using the only language they know to express their hopes, fears and expectations.
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About the Author
Doretta Lau is a journalist who covers arts and culture for Artforum, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia and Bazaar Art Hong Kong. She completed an MFA in Writing at Columbia University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Event, Grain Magazine, Prairie Fire, PrismInternational, RicePaper, SubTerrain and Zen Monster. She splits her timebetween Vancouver and Hong Kong, where she is at work on a novel and ascreenplay.
Table of Contents
God Damn, How Real Is This? 9
Two-Part Invention 16
Days of Being Wild 25
The Boy Next Door 47
Left and Leaving 57
O, Woe Is Me 66
Little Miss International Goodwill 74
Robot by the River 79
Writing in Light 92
Sad Ghosts 101
How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? 108
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