New World View

Anyone who’s ever had any question about whether immigrants are taking our jobs would do well to step into an immigrant’s shoes, at least in the metaphorical sense. Just such a learning experience can be found in the pages of Jean Kwok’s semi-autobiographical novel, Girl in Translation, the sharp-eyed tale of a Chinese-American immigrant girl from Hong Kong who toils after school in a Chinatown sweatshop at her mother’s side, seesawing back and forth between worlds both harsh and full of promise. Like Kwok herself, the girl eventually finds footing, ending up in the Ivy League in a story that simply demands respect. The author will read from and sign copies of Girl tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue; get details at or call 303-322-7727.
Mon., May 10, 7:30 p.m., 2010
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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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