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Oriental Girls Desire Romance [Reading] ➺ Oriental Girls Desire Romance Author Catherine Liu – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk New York of the eighties a time and a place where money is the most powerful intoxicant and glamour demands the embrace of excess While fortunes are made in Soho galleries and on Wall Street, an under New York of the eighties a time and a place where money is the most powerful intoxicant and glamour demands the embrace of excess While fortunes are made in Soho galleries and on Wall Street, an underclass of transients drag queens and dandies, strippers and artists circulate through the streets, serving as the city s background color, cheap labor, and sleazy entertainment The unnamed narrator of Oriental Girls Desire Romance, a young Chinese American woman, is a sharp and eloquent wit who skirts the edges of privilege Oriental Girls ePUB í and privation in this, New York s own floating world A refugee from the neuroses of an Ivy League education and feudal obligations to an immigrant family, she is a theory junkie strung out on sexual and intellectual highs Learning from the defiant grace of her snap queen friends, she navigates the demimonde with a wit that is at once perceptive, hilarious, and refreshingly unhinged.


About the Author: Catherine Liu

Catherine Liu is the director of the University of California Irvine s Humanities Center, a professor in Film and Media Studies, and the coeditor of The Dreams of Interpretation A Century Down the Royal Road She is the author of Oriental Girls Desire Romance a novel , Copying Machines Taking Notes for the Automaton, and American Idyll Academic Antielitism as Cultural Critique.



10 thoughts on “Oriental Girls Desire Romance

  1. Vicky Vicky says:

    So I didn t read Oriental Girls Desire Romance in two nights like Kathy Acker did I read it fast yet slow in four, and I kept bringing the book up in conversations because it was like talking about myself and beyond Catherine Liu takes you, introspectively, through themes of relationships, love, sex the parts most resonating to me , trying to be a writer but being held back by so many things another ugh, yes moment , troubled family dynamics, disconnecting friendships, not having enough m So I didn t read Oriental Girls Desire Romance in two nights like Kathy Acker did I read it fast yet slow in four, and I kept bringing the book up in conversations because it was like talking about myself and beyond Catherine Liu takes you, introspectively, through themes of relationships, love, sex the parts most resonating to me , trying to be a writer but being held back by so many things another ugh, yes moment , troubled family dynamics, disconnecting friendships, not having enough money, thinking of her year teaching English in Beijing, all the U.S China relations, graduate school, the weight of her experience, all told with a very real and likeable, voice I identified so much with Our Heroine, thinking, wow, holy shit, this is the novel I ve been imagining I wanted to read and write A Chinese American woman in her twenties, in a city, feeling inexperienced, impatient, ambitious but lazy and talentless, looking for something to happen, not knowing what, and sometimes for lack of anything better to do, she says yes to social opportunities like first dates for free dinner I love when she lists food in detail, making you want exactly that dish , free and convenient cocaine in a cab, meeting at a party an arrogant activist y Italian man who thinks he knows literature and compassion who seems to be the first one to break her heart The difficulty of reconciling your rational thoughts with irrational behavior when you draw toward him despite knowing that you shouldn t, as he is indifferent to you How at first he was the one to initiate everything with her, back when she was the one who didn t care much, until he hooked her, and now he doesn t want her, and now she s leaving a message on his answering machine that it s over between them, realizing how unoriginal it is, how he never verbally stated what he wanted and instead he duped her into saying aloud what he wants, not what she wants.The narrator walking and talking with someone I enjoy these scenes because I do this a lot, too, irl , admiring strong female professors, watching drag queen shows, thinking of people she knows in general and their personalities and hopes and setbacks, window shopping longingly, the rich Susannah who appears in the Vampire story who can have any woman she wants it seems but always needs new flesh and blood, who was almost a perfect lover Joe once the book reaches Joe, I became terrified to be like what Joe was to the narrator dumb, boring, safe, Midwestern, no conversational skills, not very fashionable, a body in her bed that she got used to holding but whose presence became the source of her irritation At this part, I thought, Wow I cannot be with anyone ever I would rather be alone than be someone s Joe I m glad I m alone right now It wasn t until I got to the final Go Go story about the narrator dancing and stripping for good cash that I understood the book was not told in order, that the chapters were really like memories, short stories, but why did Go Go have to be the closing remark I m not entirely bothered about it, maybe it s trying to say something about life being dark, but it left me feeling hollower but with a longing to be a go go dancer, too, in an alternative universe This is a figuring things out book, a making mistakes and growing up book There s a part where the narrator is irresponsible with her scarce money and decides to spend it on a little strapless dress made of fabric that s deep blue and green and red on a black background A kind of tropical print, she says A dress to surprise a husband during a rendezvous, she daydreams, a dress for a movie star I m disappointed to see a lot of one star ratings on here, probably a result of this book being listed on a syllabus, reaching a classroom audience that should read it yet who should not read it I don t know For someone who s reading through these, unsure of whether to give this book a chance because of the low stars, I m hoping my review will influence you otherwise I personally judged this book for its design until I saw the Kathy Acker blurb on the back, I m sorry I did that It feels like perfect timing for me to have read the book now, being 25, being, being.This book could have should have ended with that M.B.A story, in which the final paragraph is I had not imagined that my life would turn out this way Sometimes I felt as if anything was possible, that I was going to be something in the world, something wonderful My ideas about this something wonderful were variable and ill defined, ranging from brilliant film director to brilliant Lacanian analyst I was such a good daydreamer At other times, I wondered how long I could continue to do what I was doing My existence would suddenly appear fragile and without support, but I couldn t focus for long on what it all meant or what I wanted my thoughts were too restless to stay put I began to suspect a congenital defect, but I was happy when I went out dancing that summer Because I was very young, when I was wearing my beautiful strapless dress, i could always manage to pretend that I didn t have a care in the world.


  2. Caroline Caroline says:

    I loved this book, even though I can imagine lots of people being turned off by it It follows a young, unnamed Chinese American narrator through her aimless, troubled existence in NYC in the eighties The novel just ends it s mostly in her head, nothing really happens, and she doesn t really grow or change But I found her so relatable, embarrassingly so In fact, for much of it, I felt like I was reading the diary of my depressed, self indulgent 19 year old self lost in SF Liu gets so many t I loved this book, even though I can imagine lots of people being turned off by it It follows a young, unnamed Chinese American narrator through her aimless, troubled existence in NYC in the eighties The novel just ends it s mostly in her head, nothing really happens, and she doesn t really grow or change But I found her so relatable, embarrassingly so In fact, for much of it, I felt like I was reading the diary of my depressed, self indulgent 19 year old self lost in SF Liu gets so many things exactly right And there s something real, powerful, and satisfying about how this character has the potential to do somethingor be something else, but just doesn t


  3. Pablo Pablo says:

    Catherine Liu, can you please write another novel


  4. Sarah Hinrichs Sarah Hinrichs says:

    It s like some avant garde coming of age story that ends before the coming of age part.


  5. The The says:

    Wonderful writing, funny but sad It is so evocative I can t believepeople haven t read this book It s everything you d want out of a book.


  6. zoe nicol zoe nicol says:

    Intense introspection isn t for everyone but if it s a personal habit, you ll be on familiar ground.


  7. Chloe Chloe says:

    I don t remember how I found this book in the first place, although Goodreads informs me that I added it to my to read list on January 1st, 2013 I was then, as I am now, incredibly single, and was drawn to the title of the book, and almost nothing else.I both deeply sympathized with and deeply failed to connect with the narrator of the novel, who spent a lot of the book feeling lost, and sleeping with and spending time people who didn t really care about her I think it was the style of the boo I don t remember how I found this book in the first place, although Goodreads informs me that I added it to my to read list on January 1st, 2013 I was then, as I am now, incredibly single, and was drawn to the title of the book, and almost nothing else.I both deeply sympathized with and deeply failed to connect with the narrator of the novel, who spent a lot of the book feeling lost, and sleeping with and spending time people who didn t really care about her I think it was the style of the book that lost methan anything it has a floaty, distant quality to it that I really strongly dislike in books My favorite kinds of books draw me in and immerse me in another world, and this book is the exact opposite it kept me at a distance, never quite letting me in In a way, it mirrors the way the narrator lives her life, and although it would be interesting to maybe analyze the style of the book in an English class or what have you, as a single reader hah not in the sense of the title of the book it just fell a bit flat


  8. Joy Joy says:

    The novel consists of a bunch of episodes in which the narrator does seedy things between bouts of extended navel gazing in order to convince herself that she s independent and edgy instead of a self absorbed princess The episodes exist independently of one another and don t build up to anything The novel just ends without any sort of climax or change It really could have ended at any point before the final sentence because there s no internal structure Frustrating.


  9. Melinda Melinda says:

    Some parts resonated with methan others, but overall definitely a book I d recommend I love her writing and insights, and it was fascinating seeing the overlaps with Eating Chinese Food Naked.


  10. Karen Karen says:

    THIS BOOK SHOULD BE FAMOUS.


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