Tag Archives: Gulangyu

Pearl Harbor Wasn’t the Only Target on Dec. 7, 1941

  For most of my life, I thought the only country the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941, was my own, the United States of America. In my defense, the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was an enormous event for … Continue reading

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A Few Short Excerpts from My Novel

Tiger Tail Soup: A novel of China at war by Nicki Chen   “This washed-out road, like the mountains themselves and the tigers that hide in their shadows, is all beauty and treachery.” p. 2. “Kulangsu. Island of pianos they … Continue reading

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Have I Piqued Your Interest Yet?

Have I succeeded, dear readers of my blog, in arousing your curiosity? Over the past ten months, have I been able to spark your interest in topics related to my novel? Have I stimulated your hunger for more? Because–I cannot … Continue reading

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No Cars Allowed

Chinese island nixes wheeled vehicles. No cars, no motorcycles, no buses. Not even bikes are allowed on the little southern Chinese island of Gulangyu. Not even bikes! When we traveled around China in 1987, it seemed that everyone rode a … Continue reading

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December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor Wasn’t the Only Target If you’re a history buff, you probably know how expansive the Imperial Japanese Navy war plans were for December 7, 1941. Besides attacking Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, they planned and carried out simultaneous strikes … Continue reading

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Storytellers and Writers

Welcome to “Behind the Story,” a writer’s blog for readers and writers. In the coming weeks and months I’ll be writing about  such varied topics as tigers, fashion, food, art, war, maids, inter-racial marriage and Gulangyu, the small Chinese island where … Continue reading

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