Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. EXCESS BAGGAGE chronicles two Chinese sisters, one raised in China during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution; the other in Japan during the freewheeling years of bubble capitalism. They reunite as adults in Tokyo in the early 1990s and their family history soon catches up with them. As the sisters circle warily, their distrust grows, fueled by family lies and secrets. Exploring themes of identiy, alienation, love, jealousy, and family obligations in the face of cultural and geographic adversity, each must confront a fundamental question: what's the meaning of home when your roots aren't secure?
Emma Zhang @ Cha: An Asian Literary JournalJordan Sievers @ The Japan TimesByron Wong @ bigWOWOinterview with Suvendrini Kakuchi @ Kyoto Journalinterview with Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu @ That's Magazine Shanghaiauthor site
Karen Ma is the author of The Modern Madame Butterfly: Fantasy and Reality in Japanese Cross-cultural Relationships (Tuttle, 1996).Author City: BEIJING CHI