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Warrior lessons : an Asian American woman's journey into power
Eng, Phoebe.
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New York : Pocket Books, [1999]

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x, 365 pages ; 22 cm
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E184.O6 E54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An inspirational manifesto for Asian American women, offering a bold game plan for women to discover themselves and use their power.

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Booklist Review

These two eloquent books, reflecting Asian American women's experience of family, culture, and business, provide universal, cross-cultural insights. Second-generation Chinese American Eng accomplished the educational goals her parents set, only to discard her work as corporate attorney to find her own voice. Warrior Lessons is her articulate offering to those who may benefit from lessons she learned and collected from other Asian American women across the U.S. Twelve "lessons" outline personal scenarios, cultural issues, and suggestions for moving beyond common barriers to free expression. She deals with parent dialogues, rage, relationships, mentors, and other issues. Suggestions are simple beginnings. Although the ideas may not be new, the clarity and comforting quality of Eng's writing, and the fact that the ideas are based on Eng's own experience, make this book extremely successful at its stated goal: not only to unify Asian American women but also to help them find unity with others in American culture. Anyone feeling suppressed, emotionally or expressively, by family or business expectations could use this book. First-generation Vietnamese American Van Mai Elliott preserves four generations of her family's history in The Sacred Willow. Consequently, she preserves inside history of Vietnam itself. With a personal and engaging style, she portrays a country and its people plagued by years of foreign invasion and internal conflict. In her family are mandarins of the Confucian court, rice farmers, a female silk merchant, and officials and soldiers on both sides of the Communist conflict. Nonjudgmental in all portrayals, she provides balanced portraits of many facets of Vietnamese life. This is a fascinating saga of surviving, preserving, and redeeming a culture and a family. --Denise Blank

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this unique Asian-American women's guide to gaining self-knowledge and power, Eng probes issues ranging from negative and positive stereotypes to assimilation and rebellion, invisibility and cultural confusion, interracial relationships, family expectations and rage. Drawing on the experiences of other Asian-American women as well as on stories of her Cantonese and Taiwanese parents, life as a "Model Minority Girl," young "chuppie" (Chinese-American yuppie) lawyer and then publisher of A. Magazine for Asian-Americans, Eng traces her inner growth and developing identity in 12 "lessons." Tales of being mistaken for a prostitute in Bangkok, standing up to a boss's aggressive temper and displeasing her family with her career and personal choices demonstrate aspects of the "constructive conflict" Eng found necessary in the process of assuming her personal, professional and political power. She values her hard-won ability to communicate effectively in various worlds (business, academic, cultural) without losing her sense of self, and she encourages heeding the hero's "call to adventure" through risk taking, connecting and mentoring. In a natural, intelligent voice, Eng provides excellent advice while serving as a superb role model for younger Asian-American women striving to come into their own. Author tour. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved