By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Ballad of a Small Player By Lawrence Osborne Hogarth, 2014 Meet Doyle — or Lord Doyle, as he comes to be known among the casinos of Macau. Doyle’s not quite the English lord people believe he is. He’s actually a corrupt lawyer who embezzled millions from a wealthy […]
Mysteries and thrillers — Book recommendations
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder By Shamini Flint Minotaur Books, 2010 When Alan Lee, a big timber executive in Malaysia, is killed, police arrest his ex-wife, Chelsea Liew, as their prime — and only — suspect.
Life at War — Book recommendations
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Cress By Marissa Meyer Feiwel and Friends, 2014 The Lunar Chronicles continue in this third installment right where the previous one ended. New Beijing cyborg mechanic Cinder and Captain Carswell Thorne are now fugitives on the run from the law — both on Earth and on the moon. And […]
Three tales of two countries
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Man Who Dammed the Yangtze By Alex Kuo Haven Books, 2011 In the Chinese city of Changchun, there lives a woman named Ge. In the city of Oshkosh, Wis., there lives a Chinese-American man named G.
Dr. Youn shares the pratfalls (and joy) behind becoming a plastic surgeon
By Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Anthony Youn, a board-certified plastic surgeon, doesn’t believe that there was one moment when he realized his calling as a doctor. Rather, he explains that his journey has been a series of moments with patients. “I think in any physician’s practice, there is a handful of patients that stick […]
NWAW’s December must-reads
“Buddha’s Orphans” is a love story between Raja, an orphan boy whose mother drowned herself when he was a baby, and Nilu, a girl born into privilege.
NWAW’s October must-reads
As a direct descendent of Korean royalty and a member of the country’s aristocracy, Judith Lee is used to the finer things in life. As a result, the 26-year-old is
NWAW’s June must-reads
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” By Nagaru Tanigawa, published by Little, Brown and Company, April 2009 Almost every kid has moments where he or she wishes that life was a little less ordinary and a little more exciting.