Vivian Yang is “one of the Most Important English-Writing Chinese Authors”
-- San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
Praise for MEMOIRS OF A EURASIAN
"This latest novel (Memoirs of a Eurasian) from Yang (Shanghai Girl) is an engaging exploration of a world unknown to most Westerners. Yang navigates Hong Kong and the insular Chinese world of Shanghai with equal ease, convincingly charting (the protagonist)’s life from childhood to adolescence and adulthood. ... Readers will find this fascinating novel very enjoyable and readable."
-- Publishers Weekly
"The reader experiences 20th-century China -- the Cultural Revolution, the industrialization of the coastal regions and the transformation of Hong Kong -- through (the protagonist)’s struggles and triumphs and the novel progresses competently from episode to episode. This gives Memoirs of a Eurasian a pleasing, consistent tension ... The novel is structured as an Asian woman recounting her life story to a Westerner, and as such brings to mind Arthur Golden’s massively successful Memoirs of a Geisha. Despite these superficial likenesses, the protagonists of the novels are entirely different. While Geishagave a delicately crafted look at the exotic, Yang (Shanghai Girl)’s tale is more relatable ... (and) provides a unique perspective on an under-explored era."
-- Kirkus Review
Press and Praises for SHANGHAI GIRL
"Shanghai Girl is a delicious tale of cross-cultural adjustment, personal ambition, and self-discovery, peppered with steamy sex, ruthless exploitation, and mysterious murder. ... From the streets of old Shanghai to a feast of monkey brains, Yang scripts scenarios that readers may otherwise never experience for themselves. And to have done this all in her second language! ... We are anxiously awaiting Yang's next masterpiece! "
-- JADE Magazine
“Shanghai Girl is superb literature ... one of the best of contemporary novels written by Chinese authors … (Yang is a) Shanghai success ... We eagerly await Yang's next literary feat.”
-- EVE Magazine
“Shanghai Girl – a feat in itself … Yang puts a new, often lighthearted spin on frequently covered topics like Chinese identity, the U.S. immigrant experience and reverberations of the Cultural Revolution.”
-- HK Magazine
“Yang brings with her an expanded array of journeys and experiences, reflective of not only a changing America, but also of a world in transition.”
-- The Museum of Chinese in America
“Compelling story … Fiercely feminine voice … Strong language … Great description … Inherently fascinating locale … Very likable narrator ... A pleasure to read.”
-- The New Jersey State Council on the Arts
“Another ‘Tale of Two Cities’ … Paris and London played roles in Dickens’ famous novel A Tale of Two Cities. In Shanghai Girl, it is Shanghai and New York.”
-- The Sampan (Boston)
“A novel that is hard to put down once you’ve picked it up ... Yang masterfully transports the living onto the page in a way that is sure to make any writer jealous and any reader sit up and take notice.”
“A new voice from Shanghai.”
-- The Hong Kong Standard
“I would certainly welcome the opportunity to be published conventionally if a literary agent can help bring my books to a wider readership.”