Some voters in China’s local elections, which are held every five years, wrote in candidates who stood absolutely no chance. “If your vote doesn’t have any meaning, then why not just pick something that’s funny, or just pick in a satirical fashion?” says Li Fan, director of the World and China Institute.
Book review: Peter Ho Davies’s ‘The Fortunes’ tracks the frustrations of Chinese assimilation in the U.S., from the mid-1800s to today
"'The Fortunes' is powerful as a chronicle of perpetual frustration, as each new generation grows aware of the arbitrary line between margin and mainstream," writes Hua Hsu. "All four stories are about assimilation—but to what? These characters go from fumbling through English to mastering it to speaking for themselves, but anxieties remain."
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