A Novel Discusses Asian Latin America

Monkey Hunting: Asia meets Latin America in a novel

The newest novel by Cuban-American writer, Cristina Garcia, narrates the story of five generations of a Chinese-Cuban family

"What do you get when you cross thousands of years of Chinese dynasties with the sugarcane plantations of 19th Century Cuba and the rhythm of the African slaves? Well, in addition to an exciting travel in time, you get Monkey Hunting (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003) Cuban-born Cristina Garcia’s latest novel.

“This was the hardest thing I’d ever written because it was so far from my own experience,” Garcia said in a recent interview with the independent paper, LA Weekly. “I had to keep fighting off self-inflicted charges of ‘Fraud!’ every working day of it. Basically, my main character is a 19th-century Chinese male. Need I say more?”

That man is named Chen Pan, a failed farmer who left China after signing a contract to work “beyond the edge of the world to Cuba.” But as soon as he arrives at the island, he’s sold to slavery and forced to work in a sugarcane plantation. The novel spans five generations of the Chen family, including Chen Pan’s granddaughter, Chen Fang, who’s raised as a boy in China, and Domingo Chen, Chen Pan’s great-great-grandson, who after the Revolution migrates to New York and ends up in Vietnam...."

Original link: http://www.laprensa-sandiego.org/archieve/may16-03/monkey.htm

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Peace! Asian Latin America is an oxy moron(did I spell that right)?!
Why does the devil call our people
African can/should be expounded on. Builders Always Build! Why does the devil call our people Puerto Rican, Colombian, Mexican and so on and so forth? He wants us to think WE are all different. Latin or Latino is a misnomer,the latins were a tribe who lived in the vicinity of what later became Rome, southeast Europe, who bequethed their tongue to the Romance languages. I am not Latin/latino, WE are not latin! They are original people, Asiatic i.e. natural to the planet earth-all 196,940,000 sq. mls. of it! WE don t promote a certain section that is division-to make devil what must you first do? He wants US to THINK we are all different! Allah,
our Father who brought the Knowledge to us in 1964, came to unite the seeds! Peace God!
With Love and Respect,