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Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology Paperback – August 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1590212547 ISBN-10: 1590212541

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Lethe Press (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590212541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590212547
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,996,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''SF/F blogger and critic Tan has assembled an eclectic, innovative mix of 14 stories for what is almost certainly the first Filipino Chinese speculative fiction anthology.... Filipino Chinese readers will feel a thrill of recognition; others will be glad to learn more about a culture rarely seen in speculative fiction.'' --Publishers Weekly

From the Author

This is the book people read when they have some concern about their own gay identity, the one often given to parents and close friends when a lesbian or gay man "comes out" and the one professionals sometimes say has changed the way they do their work as teacher, judge, policeman or librarian. It is designed to confront the prejudice and bigotry that has distorted the truth of our quite natural sexual orientation. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Donald H. Clark (born 1930) is an American writer, teacher, consultant and clinical psychologist who has specialized in group and individual work with gay people since 1968. He is the author of the best-selling, seminal book, "Loving Someone Gay", now in its fifth edition (as well as its Spanish-language edition "Amar a Alguien Gay"), "Someone Gay: Memoirs", "Living Gay", and "As We Are". His writing includes fiction, textbooks, and articles for both professional journals and popular magazines.

Dr. Clark received a B.A. in Psychology from Antioch College in 1953 and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Adelphi University in 1959. He also served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Scientific and Professional Personnel. He served on the faculty of Hunter College and the City University of New York. He published a report for the Carnegie Corporation of New York about the Human Potential Movement.

He has been a member of the Governing Boards of the Saybrook Institute and the Gay Rights Advocates, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a California State Board of Psychology Commissioner, among other roles.

Since 1971, he held a private practice in San Francisco, California, retiring in 2007.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony R. Cardno on July 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
The back cover of LAURIAT proclaims that "Filipinos and Chinese have a rich, vibrant literature when it comes to speculative fiction." I have to admit: other than some familiar folk-tales (and reiterations of such by modern authors), I am woefully ignorant of the history of either nation's speculative fiction. So when the back cover goes on to ask "What about the fiction of the Filipino-Chinese, who draw their roots from both cultures," I find myself wondering if I'll be lost in attempting to understand the cross-cultural, or combi-cultural, nuances of the stories written to answer that question.

I needn't have been worried. Charles A. Tan has put together a wonderful collection of short speculative fiction that manages to feel both familiar and new to this particular American reader. The characters in these stories deal with the same issues of family history, interpersonal relationships and societal expectations that most of us deal with, but the stories also allow a glimpse into the way those concerns play out on what seems a potentially volatile field. And of course because we're dealing with speculative fiction, nothing is quite what it seems.

The focal character of Isabel Yap's "Pure" watches a friend end up in the situation she's in because of the lingering familial view that those of pure Chinese descent should only marry others of Chinese descent. You feel for both women: the one doing anything to become "pure" for her beloved and the one watching it all go wrong. In Erin Chupeco's "Ho-We," family approval of a girl's intended is also a road-block, although this family has bigger concerns than just "Chinese or Mixed." The daughter dates a number of supernatural types, including a dinner date with a zombie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. GOODMAN on September 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read the book - the only one of it's kind - when originally published. As a child born to a religious family, I felt bad and sinful as I began to have feelings for boys my age. I could not talk to anyone. I just knew that something bad would happen should I disclose my secret.

This book helped me begin to repair the self-loathing I felt.

Read it, please. It is more about loving yourself in a world that hates you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EML on May 23, 2011
Format: Perfect Paperback
I read this book and loved it. It's broken down into 3 parts; loving yourself, relationships, society. The first part helped me accept who I was and who I am, the second part is amazing. It is like a class called relationships 101. It is the part of the book that I have most highlighted and made notes on. It explains and helps you express what you want, expect and don'ts out of any relationship.
It is so good. I have passed it on to friends who are having trouble in paradise and it has helped them talk things through with their significant others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By well read on August 23, 2011
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A well written, informative book. It's easy to read, is full of helpful information which re enforces all people are equal.
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