Friday, August 13, 2010
Despite my complaints about the characterizations and relationships, I found this book really interesting and entertaining. I loved reading about the 1940’s incarnation of Chinatown in Los Angeles, a neighborhood built not for immigrants but as a tourist attraction and designed by Hollywood set designers. Pearl and May work in this pretend city and therefore are forbidden to wear western-style clothes, lest they disappoint the white visitors who come for the food and the rickshaw rides.
Lisa See has compiled a great set of photographs on Flickr, of Chinatown, Shanghai, and Chinese advertising posters featuring beautiful girls like Pearl and May. Here is the link.
(Book 36, 2010)