Miah

Paperback | October 15, 2012

byJulia Lin

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"?Half century under Japan then half century under Kuomintang . . .too much,' my mother would sigh and shake her head."
Miah means "fate" in Taiwanese. Spanning much of the twentieth century, these linked, subtly understated stories trace the destinies of simple folk from the brutal Japanese occupation of the early twentieth century through to the "White Terror" of the exiled Chinese Mainlanders and the Kuomintang, and finally to modern Taiwan and Canada.
In the powerfully gripping "Miah," a girl from Vancouver accompanies her mother to Taiwan for her grandmother Ah Mah's funeral. There she discovers the tragic story of Fifth Uncle, who was hounded by Kuomintang forces until he took pesticides and died . . . In "The Colonel and Mrs Wang" a Mainlander officer and his Taiwanese-raised son confront each other over politics. One day, the son is betrayed to the authorities. Who was the anonymous informer? . . . In the touching story "Lysander," a modern day Taiwanese boy is sent to Vancouver for his education. A diamond cannot be polished without friction, he has been taught. He must bear the hardship in an alien teenage culture where he tries to desperately cope and eventually loses himself.
Miah is a rare look at Taiwanese and modern Canadian life, historical, and personal, and completely honest.
Farina has only one dream: to be free and move away from Peckville, a Muslim ghetto in a large city. She is eager to escape the clutches of her strict parents who will not let her drink, party or have any kind of contact with males. As soon as she turns eighteen, she sets her dream in motion and gets her own apartment. The only problem is that her minimum-wage job leaves her feeling anything but liberated. How can she resist when her ambitious best friend Sabrina proposes an infallible business idea? How harmful can running as escort agency really be? Will she finally be freed by her increasing wealth and independence, or will she remain enslaved by her increasing guilt?

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"?Half century under Japan then half century under Kuomintang . . .too much,' my mother would sigh and shake her head."Miah means "fate" in Taiwanese. Spanning much of the twentieth century, these linked, subtly understated stories trace the destinies of simple folk from the brutal Japanese occupation of the early twentieth century thr...

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"?Half century under Japan then half century under Kuomintang . . .too much,' my mother would sigh and shake her head."Miah means "fate" in Taiwanese. Spanning much of the twentieth century, these linked, subtly understated stories trace the destinies of simple folk from the brutal Japanese occupation of the early twentieth century thr...

Julia Lin was born in Taiwan and lived there and in Vietnam before her family immigrated to Canada when she was nine. Since then, Julia has lived in Vancouver and its environs, Toronto, and northern British Columbia. She holds a graduate degree in Immunology (M.Sc., University of Toronto) and a post-graduate degree in computing educati...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.77 × 5.97 × 0.53 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1894770994

ISBN - 13:9781894770996

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"These engaging and poignant stories provide a window into complexities of lives divided between Taiwan and Canada in the twentieth century. With each story another layer is peeled, moving us closer to understanding the price of survival under cruel and repressive regimes. A fine debut." - JUDY FONG BATES, author of China Dog and Other Stories "Julia Lin uses the short story form successfully to handle the subject of a novel---family saga. These intriguing short narratives engage the readers in an exploration of four generations of an extended family living across the Pacific Ocean in Taiwan and Vancouver; the narrative journey connects history, cultures and languages to detect and disclose both what the characters call a Taiwanese resilience and the skeletons in the family closet. Miah is a rich, interesting book to read about largely unknown aspects of Taiwanese Canadian culture." --LIEN CHAO, author of The Chinese Knot and Other Stories and Tiger Girl