Manoa, vol. 17, no. 1 (2005): Blood Ties

Blood Ties cover imagePresented by Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing

Blood Ties

Blood Ties presents work from rural and urban China, Tibet, Singapore, and the U.S. Through fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and artwork, this volume explores the complexities of Chinese identity created by migration, displacement, ethnic mixing, and separation from homeland. Individuals whose identities have been made more complex by rapid globalization will find these works especially meaningful.

Editor’s Note, vii



City Out of Breath, 50
Ken Chen

Home Away from Home: Photographs from the On Char Collection, 99
Gregory Yee Mark

The Spirit of Zhyge Alu: The Nuosu Poetry of Aku Wuwu, 113
Mark Bender


Yanni’s Secret, 1
Zhang Kangkang

Alien, 23
Catherine Lim

Ephemeral Life, 29
Zhu Wenying

Zhima, 59
Zhang Kangkang

Down to the River, 103
Colin Cheong

from The Shrimp People, 131
Rex Shelley

Blood Ties, 138


Five Poems, 17
Arthur Sze

from Spinning Polyhedral Mirror, 54
Yan Li

Rose Hips, 57
Zhang Er

Three Poems, 106
Wang Ping

Four Poems, 119
Aku Wuwu


Konglish, 172
Yuzun Kang

About the Contributors, 188