Why do Asians really get straight A's? Why do Asians really become doctors and lawyers? Why do Asians really play the piano? Many people believe that the reason has to do with the pressure to perform and the pressure to conform, however, it goes much deeper than that---much, much deeper! This didactic novel reveals the truths about Asian culture, which will shock you to the marrow of your bones---and open a hidden world of long-guarded secrets.
Reviewer:Machiel van der Stelt
January 24, 2016 Subject:
First Arcgive review
I just finished this book. I thought I knew the Asian culture quite well. While many of the statements of Anson Chi resonated with my own believe and experience. There was also new information for me as well, particularly how Asian (in general) treat each other, or behave towards each other in order to 'save face' as depicted by the author.
To my taste there was a too much repetition of his statements such as his 'Asian Pride Theorems'; but that was maybe required to get his points across. All true or not, it is a good starting point for an open discussion.
Apart from the the message, I sensed also a lot of frustration and anger, which the author actually mentions one time in the book.
It is a 'shame' it al ended up so wrong for Anson Chi; i guess the damage done to him was beyond repair.
January 27, 2009 Subject:
About the Author
Anson Chi, born and raised in New York City, is an author, politician, model, activist–environmental, social, political–and retired engineer. He currently lives in a myriad of places, including Los Angeles and San Diego, and has spent a copious number of years sojourning in Asia, particularly in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Japan. After many anguish-filled years growing up in a typical austere Asian household and suffering extra anguish in the enslaving corporate world, Anson decided to write a book in order to "tell it like it is." Many readers around the world have praised and acclaimed his first novel, Yellow on the Outside, Shame on the Inside: Asian Culture Revealed, which reveals the truths about Asian culture, truths that shock the senses and open a hidden world of long-guarded secrets. Anson is working on his second novel, currently untitled, in order to extend his forte and "tell it like it is."