- File Size: 215 KB
- Print Length: 24 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jeannie Lin (March 19, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004SY5SY2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Pieces of Paper: A short story set in Tokyo Kindle Edition
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Throughout the story she observes how awkward she feels despite the fact she is Asian and surrounded by other Asians. I've never quite left Caucasian dominated areas before, or been in a situation where I couldn't insist that there be some sort of English around so I understand everything. The closest I've come would be Inner City Philadelphia (where you'd be hard pressed to find anybody who can speak English no matter their race) and certain parts of NJ.
Jeannie sets the scene well; the nervousness, but excitement one feels when visiting a new culture and learning new things. The awe when you realize that there are far more busy and insane cities out there then just in the US. The near constant bombardment of sensory data while you try to acclimate. I would have happily read about Jeannie's experiences while she wandered around Japan.
The inclusion of Scott, a graduate student studying Eastern Asian Religion, made for an interesting comparison for Jeannie and the reader. Jeannie observes that his everyman American looks felt more comfortable to her then seeing the scores of people who shared her genetic history.
This was a diverting insightful piece that felt kind of like talking with a friend after a trip. Jeannie, the character, isn't afraid to discuss her flaws or touristy thoughts. Her enthusiasm to enjoy her trip to Japan was obvious making the story relaxing to read.
Brava, Ms. Lin. I cannot wait for your next release.
I have to own up to being an otaku (an obsessive fan) of Japan and most things Japanese, and just the title alone was enough to cause me to download this little treat, if only for a brief glimpse of a place I long to see one day. I loved the descriptions of Tokyo; I felt the spirit of the city, its frenetic pace and sometimes quirky vibrancy, and the quiet weight of honor and tradition. All of that is captured here, with fondness. For me, this short story reads very much like a love letter to this place and time in the author's memory, and if you also have any love for Japan, I think you, too, will enjoy this short story.
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I picked this short story up because I have been wanting to read Lin's work for some time and was hoping this would be a nice taste. Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Cat's Romance Novel Themepark
Jeannie makes Tokyo come alive in this story. You can feel and see the city as she finds her way around. The city is glorious. The colors and amazing stores and foods. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Judith Peterson
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