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Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale | Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale

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Nov.30.2010
When my father left Taiwan in 1964, then an authoritarian state under Chiang Kai-shek, for Tokyo to study, the first thing he did was to write home to Manchuria.  His hometown Xinmin-"New People"-in Liaoning Province, was where his grandfather had been a prominent businessman in the grain...
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Aug.15.2010
Drawing, and specifically calligraphy, also offer the Taiwanese-born American author Belle Yang a spiritual escape, in her case from ‘Rotten Egg', an abusive boyfriend-turned-stalker. Yang is used to being a free-spirited, independent Westernised woman, but she is forced to take refuge in the...
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Jul.15.2010
Belle Yang Interviews Belle Yang Before we begin today's Q and A, please click here to watch this 4 minute film in which I am drawing a graphic novel page.   Q: Ms. Belle, are graphic novels all fiction?   A: Well, Belle, this area of art/literature is still being defined as it...
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Jul.06.2010
 *** I will be at Kepler's in Menlo Park this Thursday the 8th at 7:30 P.M. I’ve had many an interview on this book tour for my graphic memoir, “Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale,” published by WW Norton and Company. I’ve had fun replying to the questions, but sometimes, I leave the sessions...
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Jun.21.2010
What does a 1970 Buick Skylark have in common with my books? My father came to America with just enough money to land on the West Coast and a tad leftover to pay tuition for college.  He didn't have much in his pockets, but they were jangling with stories of old China. This year is the fortieth...
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Jun.15.2010
Don't ask me if I've abandoned my color-filled style of painting . . . As far as I can remember, I've loved black and white art.  It began with black crayons on white sheets of paper on the backs of mom's student exams.  When someone mentions comics, my mind flies to black and white inky panels...
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May.31.2010
This morning, I heard the line, "Destiny drives through passion," when I tuned into to a BBC Radio Four program on the Aeneid, the founding mythology of Rome*, written by Virgil for Augustus.  It referred to Aeneas leaving behind in North Africa his grand passion for Dido, the...
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May.24.2010
I am currently savoring "Watchmen."  There are small but complex hints that the graphic novelists and artist drop for us like bread crumbs in Hansel and Gretel (bad analogy: so the crumbs get eaten by the birds).  With film, if you miss something, you can rewind, but it's a little...
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May.16.2010
The gutter between comics panels is the most interesting place of all, according to Scott McCloud, author of "Understanding Comics" and creator of "Zot!"  This is where the reader's imagination comes into play.  The reader is asked to invent what may go on between the first and...
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May.06.2010
My father is reading Forget Sorrow.  He takes a fine black Sharpie and annotates in the margin of my (our) book the feelings of re-encountering the aches of youth and the tragedy of his multi-generational family. He has written a poem inside the end paper in his elegant calligraphy   I come...