Midnight at the Dragon Cafe From the first page of Midnight at the Dragon Café , Judy Fong Bates creates a discrete, complete fictional world centered on a Chinese family… Midnight at the Dragon Cafe From the first page of Midnight at the Dragon Café , Judy Fong Bates creates a discrete, complete fictional world centered on a Chinese family… 2005-04-30 Fiction Historical Fiction Counterpoint
Book Review

Midnight At The Dragon Cafe (2005)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Apr 30, 2005; Writer: Judy Fong Bates; Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction; Publisher: Counterpoint

From the first page of Midnight at the Dragon Café, Judy Fong Bates creates a discrete, complete fictional world centered on a Chinese family escaping the Communists for rural Canada in the 1950s. Narrator Su-Jen Chou is a highly perceptive, inward-looking girl drawn to the lo fon (white) culture around her even as she struggles to remain the obedient Old World child that her family expects. Su-Jen's adolescent struggles are achingly real, though the dangerous dynamic between Su-Jen's elderly father, beautiful young mother, and rebellious half brother teeters toward soap opera. Luckily, Bates writes in clean, understated prose, imbuing her characters with a lasting poignancy.

Originally posted Apr 11, 2005 Published in issue #815 Apr 15, 2005 Order article reprints
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