Kathryn Ma’s “The Chinese Groove”
By LARB Radio HourJanuary 27, 2023
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Kathryn Ma joins Eric Newman to discuss her most recent novel, The Chinese Groove, which follows protagonist Xue Li Zheng, who goes by Shelley, as he leaves his home in China’s Yunnan province to make his future with the help of a rich uncle in San Francisco. But Shelley’s journey is a comedy of errors in which nothing is as he expected. Yet, with indefatigable optimism, compassion, and determination, Shelley works to change his fortune and repair fractured family bonds. At once a harrowing immigrant tale and a humorous romp through cultural misunderstandings, The Chinese Groove explores the everyday negotiations of romance and family ties, as well as the power of belief that helps us make our way through the world without breaking.
Also, Curtis White, author of Transcendent: Art and Dharma in a Time of Collapse, returns to recommend two classic autobiographies, The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams, and The Seven Story Mountain by Thomas Merton.
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