My first blog post appeared on this website on 22.10.2016. It took me a while to figure it out, but soon thereafter I started sending out weekly newsletters to subscribers and fans on Facebook. My first newsletter went into the world on 24.11.2016 and I’ve been going strong ever since.
But some of you who visit my website may not know about these newsletters. And a handful of you might care to read them. So starting today, 26.01.2018, I’m putting all my newsletters online for you to peruse at your leisure.
To help you find your way, I’ve listed the topics discussed, the famous and the not so famous people quoted. I’ve added any place that moved me from the theater to music, dance to film.
I’ve highlighted one search term per newsletter. If you click on it, you’ll go to the newsletter itself and whatever goodies I might have linked to it. For sure, you’ll find my blog post for the week and maybe a book review, too.
Check it out. And if you decide that you cannot bear the idea of missing another one, you can sign up for my newsletters here.
A Day of Writing and Publishing | Quiet Desperation | Talk to Me
#Tiananmen 30 | A Boot in the Face | Friendly Faces
Dead Men Walking | Queen of Spring | Stone the Crows
Backlog | NUNUM Anthology 2019 | Torschlusspanik
Cultural Revolution 2.0 | Master Class Caoilinn Hughes | VERA
The Accidental Reviewer | Ingrid Mertens | Red Stick Festival
Have You Eaten Rice Today? | Science | Sweet Cheeks
Amsterdam | Deaths in Venice | Writings on the Wall
Hecomi | Mass: Formulae | Me, Asian?!
Biters | Mouthfeel | You Know You Want This | VERSO
Bookish Asia | Fever & Famine | Han Kang | Kristen Roupenian
Female Language | Han Kang |Mythical Saloon | Sheila Heti
Spring | The Smell of Memory | Vegetables of China
BreedReady | Fun in the Dark | VERSO / mass
Homeward Bound | Robert Macfarlane | VERSO | Witness
Chinese Constitution | Prodigal Son | Uncle Xi Wants You!
Circus Animals | On Revision | Synchronicity
Chinese New Year | Lucky Strikes | Year of the Pig
Bearded Lady | ICAS 11 | Made in China
Feeding the Homies | How to Get Lost | Travel Fair | Winter Reading
Dragon Ball Z | Food Fight | Original Sin | Republican Fever
2018 | 2019 | Food | Flowers
End in Sight – Favorite Foods – Lantern Festival
Christmas Prep – It’s All About Me – Wicked Witches
Cold – Head for the Hills – Lady Bankers
Fork & Knife – German Fairy Tales – Holidays – Ribbons
the gift economy – Prize – The Slowdown
Maps of China – Ruben Terlou – sea serpents
Antwerp – Chain Reaction – US midterms – Zurich
100th blog post – Batting Average – Global Voices – Sentinel Tree
Blue Wave – Little by Little – Teaching
Empty Pasture in Afternoon – Henny van der Meer – Richard Powers – The Cop and the Showgirl
Limbo – Numbers Game – The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Best of the Net – Frogs – Global Voices – Iron Horse – Treasure
A Chinese Banquet – Chinese Cooking – Harvest
Amsterdam University College – International Writers’ Collective – Rules – Uighur
Blue wave – Crazy Rich Asians – Lucky number 8
Chairman Mao – Cityscapes – Manu Joseph – Rewriting History
Annotated Alice – M50 – Shanghai Minds – social media – Tianzifang
Canoe – Mother Tongues – The Putz
Blood moon – International Writers’ Collective – Violent Femmes
Bergen – Graffiti – Travel writing
Hope – Master Class – Reading with Your Ears – US Voter Assistance
Accommodation – Finding Nemo – Fourth of July
Angel Island – Palm-of-the-Hand Stories – US Supreme Court
Bonsai – Master Class – More voter registration
Mindfulness – US voter registration – VERSO/
Gulag with Chinese Characteristics – Sacrificial Acts – Tank Man
Modern Couples – Van Gogh in Japan – Who am I?
#bookstagram -Oedipus Rex – Truth or Consequences – Vacation
Body Parts – craft meetings – Skin in the Game
Family Photos – Joodse Huizen – Women in China
Green Dutch – Pollinators – Sweet Dream
Mirror, Mirror – Sloth – Spring Reading
Authors Electric – Global Voices – Ons moeder is dood – #RiceBunny – Spring Reading
Fact vs Fiction – My green thumb – More book reviews?
Easter – Father Jacquinot – Jesuits in China
Dutch elections – FRIA Photo ’18 – Global Voices – Low Countries – Mata Hari – Vivek Shanbhag
Francisco Cantú – Curve of the Land – Granta – Narrative Magazine
Authors Electric – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Janan Ganesh – Prisoner #24816 – Ward Road Jail
Bubble Life – Francisco Cantú – Jennifer Egan
#VoteThemOut – Magazine Mashup – Orient Express
Afternoon of Readings – AM Homes – Nunum.ca – POV – VERSO/ Uprising Seat at the Table
Coco – El Dia de los Muertos – The Impossible Voyage – Propaganda
book clubs – book reviews – Migrant Writing
Bakery Institute – bread – Late Bloomers – poetry
Cory Booker – International Writers’ Collective – Model Minority – Shanghai Literary Review – Tracy K. Smith – Zadie Smith
Ai Weiwei – Geometry – Madeleine Thien – Madame Mao – Socialism Is Great! – Socialist Realism
2017 in Words and Pictures – bee hotels – Georgetown Law – Gustave Flaubert
Kristen Roupenian – sushi – The Smell of Opium
Arts Council England – Francine Prose – Tim O’Brien – To Teach or Not to Teach – Will Self
Peace Court – snow – Speaking in Dialects
chiles Mexicanos – Facebook – House of Books – Mohsin Hamid
Jiaozi – Laila’s Levain – short stories
Al Franken – John Lassiter – Say It Ain’t So, Joe
East LA – JRR Tolkien – Mind Map – Ramona Magazine – teaching
Bishop Robert C. Wright – Chinese Historical Society of Southern California – Day of the Dead
Devil’s Bargain – Laogai – plus ca change – San Diego Chinese Historical Museum – We Chinese
By now, I’ve figured out how to post blogs wherever I am in the world. As a result, you’ll find no gaps in my October newsletters. All sent from sunny Southern California during my second book tour!
birthday cake – long life noodles – Phoenix Bakery – Shanghai Noir
#metoo – China Daily – Harvey Weinstein – Peace Court – Volkenkunde Museum
California book tour – Dipika Mukherjee – Ghost Month – Pages Bookstore Cafe Amsterdam
Afternoon of Readings – book blog tour – Genesis of a Quartet – Hugh Hefner
Book Club Questions – newspapers – Pope Francis
A Book Blog Tour – Jeanette Winterson – London attacks – Narrative Magazine – William Carlos Williams
Until 21.09.2017, my newsletters went out under the name Shanghai Lady. That was, of course, a reference to Song Anyi, the main character of The Dancing Girl and the Turtle, but also to myself. Going forward, you’ll see my newsletters come in under the name Shanghai Noir, the genre in which I write.
Mao Zedong – Martial Arts – Mohsin Hamid
Authors Electric – Forum van Rossum – Frank Dikotter – Fujianhua – Reverend William C. Barber – Sea Prayer
#FreeRightsDefenders – Dudok Quartet – Hortus Ensemble – Nicole Krauss – The Art of War
Labels and Charlottesville – Kunstmuseum Kloster under lieben Frauen – Lucas Foglia
kokeshi dolls – McTyeire’s School for Girls – SieboldHuis
Britta Marakatt-Labba – documenta 14 – Richard Flanagan – Wanderlust
Once in a while, I need a break from blogging. Recharge the creative juices with a little wandering. This summer, my holiday was in Germany: documenta 14 and the Skulptur Projekt, West and East and places in between.
Instagram – Lost in Translation – Not the Booker Prize – Summer reading list
Frankfurt Book Fair – Ginkaku-ji – Grandma – Natsume Soseki
Electric Literature – Fiftiness – foot fetish – Kitten Heels
critique groups – Custom House – gardening – John Green
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag – Mine mine mine – Peace Court – Shanghai Quartet
Gong Ho – Hollywood Boulevard – Twitter etiquette
activist fatigue – Marianne Boruch – Glimmer Train – Lawyers for Good Government – The Five Stages of Trump
Andres Barba – Holland Times – Qipao – vlog
Expatica – Fish – Jean Genet – Goodreads – Hendrik Ibsen – Simon Stone
California Dreaming – Historical Novel Society – LA Review of Books – On the Road – South China Morning Post
This was a big month for me. First, the standing-room-only launch of my debut novel here in Amsterdam. Then, just a few days later, a whirlwind book tour through California: from Los Angeles to San Francisco, through Silicon Valley and ending in San Diego.
jetlag – playlist – SFMOMA – Show Don’t Tell
All That Jazz – Paul Beatty – jazz – In the Mood
Leo van Gestel – Jackie Hatton – Korea – launch preparations – Singer Laren Museum
Amah – author events – countdown
ACLU – Dutch elections gone wrong – Politically Correct
Femflection.com – For Books’ Sake podcast – International Women’s Day – Kunisada – Rhiannon Jenkins-Tsang – Shame Is a Useless Emotion
family ghosts – Old House – Shanghai longtang
book promotion – Bugs Bunny Show – The Sense of an Ending
A Death in the Family – book reviews – The Handmaiden – Park Chan-Wook – Sarah Waters
book promotion – War Without End
activism – galley proofs – The Language of Blood – Yiyun Li
Beyond the Bestseller – book review section – Femflection.com – Pig Knuckle Soup – Women’s March
#writersresist – activism – The Good Immigrant
book cover – Labor Pains – Through the Looking Glass: An Asian-American Identity
A New Progressive Narrative – Book by Book – happy new year
Christmas Chinese-American Style – Holiday wishes
A Reading List – Du Yuesheng – Suzhou
Slowly but surely, the coin drops. This week’s blog is about the family ghost who inspired The Dancing Girl and the Turtle and the Shikumen House Museum that helped me create that world.
Here’s my second newsletter. Still haven’t got the knack of providing content but at least I managed to link my post for the week: Origami for Authors.
This was my very first newsletter. Before I knew what to say or how to attach my latest blog post Chicken Shit. At this point, all I could figure out to say was Welcome to Shanghai.