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Justin Chin's Books

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Dec.01.2011
Through intertwined short stories, 98 Wounds dissects the inexorable dualities present in every moment that matters: pleasure and pain, contentment and longing, sacred and profane, living and dying. In between all of these, solace, understanding, and occasional regret—if not resolution—can be found. 98 Wounds takes the reader on a defiant road trip beset with contrition potholes...
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May.05.2007
A literary dreamscape in which the landscapes of childhood, homelands, bodies, lovers, and desires succumb to whimsy, revision, and denial. With wild grace, Chin bounds through actual events and imagined outcomes-in a place where killing snakes, stern discipline, family pets, and childhood vacations share equal time with unrequited love, the mournful specters of ex-lovers, imagined...
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Oct.10.2006
While trying to make sense of this ever-churning, terror-filled world, poet Justin Chin found himself traveling repeatedly home to Southeast Asia-a region unnerved and raging with SARS and the Avian Flu-to help care for his father who had suddenly been declared terminally ill with cancer. In addition to his father's illness, Chin was managing his own health and medical annoyances...
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Oct.30.2005
Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms is a collection of these performance art texts, along with documents and scripts, that represent Chin’s performance work from 1993-2001. Whether playing native, tourist, or other, the performer questions our--as well as his own--assumptions, prejudices, and consumption of cultural beings and commodities. These works explore themes of...
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Sep.15.2001
Marked by maturity and poetic vision, Harmless Medicine is fiercely devoted to the margins of queer life in the generation after the first wave of the AIDS epidemic. In more than 40 pieces, Chin fearlessly delivers everything from his first exposure to science ("Magnified") to a mail order fantasy experience ("I Buy Sea Monkeys"); from backroads travel in Asia...
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Nov.15.1998
In a time when memoirs are often less than they claim to be and essays do not say enough, Justin Chin breaks onto the scene with a collection that is a combination of confession, tirade, journalism, and practical joke.Mongrel is a cross-section of Chin's imagination and experiences that calls into question what it means to be an Asian-American in San Francisco, the effect your...
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Apr.04.1997
Bite Hard, a collection of poetry, fiction, and performance pieces by Justin Chin, weaves together a vision of otherness that is unique in gay writing. Chin, who was born in Malaysia, raised in Singapore, and is now living in San Francisco, writes from queer pan-Asian experience: outsiderness times two. Whether describing a series of bad ex-boyfriends (he has had seven named...