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— by Grace Utomo: Amy Wong fails her parents, or so she thinks. Why else would her father abandon her mother for a son-bearing mistress? Why else does her mother idolize Amy’s academic sister but relegate her to a lucrative marriage? These Eastern and Western gender constructs are just two of the norms that author Christina Chiu questions in Beauty, an incisive depiction of a second-generation Chinese woman’s self-actualization in contemporary America…

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