Butterfly Tears by Zoë RoyButterfly Tears by Zoë Roy

Butterfly Tears

byZoë Roy

Paperback | November 5, 2009

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Butterfly Tears is a collection of seventeen pieces of short fiction that depict the experiences of Chinese immigrant women facing the challenges of life in a new country. The stories are set in different parts of China, Canada, and to a lesser extent in the United States and examine Chinese women's cross-cultural experiences in North America as well as women's issues and political discrimination in China. The stories, or parts of stories, set in China give the reader interesting glimpses into events such as the cultural revolution and Mao's death.The immigrant experience, the predominant theme, encompasses a number of aspects ranging from issues such as language and food to education. Feminism and changing male/female relationships form another important theme that also runs through many of the stories.
Born in China, Zoë S. Roy was an eyewitness to the red terror under Mao's regime. Her short fiction has appeared in Canadian Stories and Thought Magazine. She holds an M.Ed. in Adult Education and an M.A. in Atlantic Canada Studies from the University of New Brunswick and Saint Mary's University. She currently lives in Toronto where sh...
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Title:Butterfly TearsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:November 5, 2009Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0978223373

ISBN - 13:9780978223373

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Roy's writing is a joy to read Reason for Reading: I enjoyed the author's novel The Long March Home. A collection of 15 short stories which centre on the female experience of the Chinese woman, both during the Cultural Revolution in China and as the immigrant in Canada or the US. Most of the stories flip between modern day and the past bringing a resolution to some conflict that has long haunted the woman. Roy's writing is a joy to read. Her sentences flow with beautiful word choices, descriptive yet not flowery. Each story was a pleasure for me to read, even when I did not actually enjoy the theme of the story. Most of the stories I appreciated but there were a few whoppers that I just plain did not like or simply baffled me. This would be where Roy's feminist ideology came into play, something that eludes me to no end. However while those were stories I did not enjoy or "get" I still give props to the author for her delicious writing style. I look forward to Ms. Roy's next offering with delight.
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insight into multicultural experience “Yearning” is one of my favourite stories in this collection. It starts with a conversation between a couple who have opposite political views. The storyline unfolds in an emotional way. “Yearning” is the protagonist Nina’s desire for love that cannot be fulfilled between her and her boyfriend Hai. In my opinion, it is also a strong desire for freedom that Nina never had under Mao’s regime. Although Nina and Hai love each other, they are forced to separate. They hold different views on the Cultural Revolution and they have entirely different aspirations for their future lives. Turbulence of their society contributes to the predeterminate termination of their relationship. My generation has never experienced the repression of the Cultural Revolution. Hence our understanding of the Maoist era may not be as profound as the one of people who experienced it in person. Nevertheless, Zoe S. Roy’s thrilling plot brought us into that turbulent period in history, which is heartfelt. The end of the story particularly caught my attention. It symbolizes an ending, as well as a brand new start. Imaginative space is left to me to portray Nina’s immigrant life on the land across the Pacific Ocean.
Date published: 2012-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a well-written fiction Butterfly Tears Zoë S. Roy's well-written fiction has two major themes: -On one hand, it is an interesting portrayal of the adaptation to the cultural revolution of Maoist china of educated Chinese women. -On the other hand, the story candidly portrays the cross -cultural experiences of the same category of women who had emigrated either to Canada or to the U.S.
Date published: 2010-03-10