The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap

The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap

by Gish Jen


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101947821
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Gish Jen is the author of four novels, a book of stories, and a previous book of nonfiction, Tiger Writing. Her honors include the Lannan Literary Award for fiction and the Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Caroline McLaughlin is a versatile narrator with a smooth voice who strives to bring the author's words to life. Known for her rich characters and accents, she equally enjoys narrating fiction and nonfiction works. Her languages include conversational Mandarin Chinese.


Cambridge, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

August 12, 1955

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A. Harvard University, M.F.A., Iowa Writers¿ Workshop

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part I We Edit the World

1 Three Edits 3

2 A Telling Irritation 14

3 Some Helpful Background 22

4 The Asian Paradox 37

Part II The Flexi-Self

5 What Is a Flexi-Self? 49

6 Boundary Blurring 61

7 The Genius and the Master 79

8 Testing, Testing 92

9 Patterns and Training 120

Part III The Big Pit Self

10 How WEIRD We Are 147

11 America, an Explanation 170

Part IV Meetings and Mixings

12 Our Talking, Our Selves 185

13 In Praise of Ambidependence 210

14 Greatness in Two Flavors 235

Epilogue 248

Acknowledgments 253

Appendix A Key to Self Text 255

Appendix B Recommended Reading 257

Notes 259

Bibliography 277

Illustration Credits 297

Index 299

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