West Hawaii Today


West Hawaii Today’s write up for my book:

Rufo is the author of “Banana Girl: An Asian American Woman’s Life in China.” It’s not easy being an Asian American in China, where residents of big cities believe that Asians, including those born and raised in English-speaking countries, are not qualified to teach English. In a country of 1.3 billion people where studying English is as popular as having the latest electronic gadget, this can be a huge problem. Rufo, descended from a Chinese immigrant who took a Filipino name when she came to the United States, takes up the challenge to teach in the country of her ancestors.

The detailed memoir takes readers on a journey throughout China, describing the lows — such as working for a corrupt and inept boss to the highs, the time she spends with her eager young students and the chance to travel inside the beautiful country. The vast nation incorporates 55 recognized minorities in addition to the Han majority, each with its own language and identity. During her free time, Jada explores China’s wonders, walking along the Great Wall, visiting the Olympic stadium in Beijing and riding camels in Inner Mongolia.

For more please visit West Hawaii Today’s website at: http://westhawaiitoday.com/arts-and-entertainment/words-and-wine-tuesday-3


4 thoughts on “West Hawaii Today

      1. Hm it’s really strange because of course I’ve noticed the words “my book” at the beginning of the post. BUT then as I read all that description, it forged my thoughts into entirely different perspective! As if you didn’t write the book but read it as an outside onlooker. Maybe it’s an unexpected side effect of reading posts in a second language. Sorry if my comment made you feel bad, but I’m slightly shocked that I’ve made this mistake due to my warped perspective.


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