The cover of the "Disappearing Moon Cafe" book

Disappearing Moon Café is a wonderful book, displaying the life of a Chinese community and the problems a family faces in order to continue its bloodline. This books rapidly jumps from narrator to narrator and from time period to time period to demonstrate how the whole plot is a “knot” and it’s the reader’s duty to see that if the knot is to be untangled, the reader must understand the past and present to its fullest.  In other words, to understand and open the knot, the reader must interpret and fully examine the whole story from every perspective (narrators) and its time period (past or present).

This book displayed the complexity of the Wong Chinese family. Th relationship between

The Chong Family Tree

the children and their parents are very unique. They differ, but at the same time, relate to our times today in how we communicate with our parents. Not only that, this book demonstrates the racism towards the Chinese back then. For instance, the whole community was awestruck when a Chinese man killed a white woman named Janet Smith. It was unheard of that a Chinese person would ever do such a thing. Plus, white women were prohibited to come near or work alone under a Chinese men, in fear of being sexually assaulted. Stereotypes, such as Chinese people smoking opium, is also in this book. In essence,

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 Disappearing Moon Café

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