12 reasons you should read "Dragonfruit" anthology of true stories of expat women in Asia | Speaking of China

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  1. marghini
    marghini June 13, 2014 at 10:57 am | | Reply

    OMG it sounds super duper interesting! I am already buying my kindle copy! I will let you know my opinion afterwards and most likely I will review it on my blog. Thank you for letting us know about this book!

  2. Susan Blumberg-Kason
    Susan Blumberg-Kason June 13, 2014 at 11:11 am | | Reply

    I love this write up and am SO impressed with the fabulous photos you found to go along with each of these summaries! I loved the anthology as much as you did and can’t wait for more people to discover these amazing stories.

  3. Dorcas C.
    Dorcas C. June 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm | | Reply

    I agree with Susan! Wonderful descriptions and thanks for your support of all of us! I am slowly making my way through, so haven’t gotten to your piece yet, but I can’t wait!

  4. mayte
    mayte June 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm | | Reply


    What happened with Christine’s blog? I saw that it hadn’t been active in awhile but never knew why. I really enjoyed it. I was hoping she’d go back to it after the wedding. Que paso?


    1. cathy
      cathy June 14, 2014 at 11:55 am | | Reply

      I wish I knew too. I really loved reading her blog – I hope one day she comes back to the blogging world!

  5. Philippa (Feisty Blue Gecko)
    Philippa (Feisty Blue Gecko) June 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm | | Reply

    This is a great insight into the depth and complexity which is to be found in the Dragonfruit Anthology – and thank you SO much for highlighting my own tale.

    I too am bowled over by the honesty and openness of the stories and keep re-reading the essays and am truly honoured to be part of this work.

    Great to connect through this too 🙂

  6. Nicki Chen
    Nicki Chen June 17, 2014 at 6:46 am | | Reply

    I started the Dragonfruit Anthology this morning. What an insightful intro by Shannon Young! The unspoken question, she says, is: “How can I be respectful of the rules of this new culture? When do I choose not to adhere to the norms of my adopted home? Should I assimilate? Should I be independent?” She goes on to point out that expat men have long held the spotlight, but expat women also have stories to tell.

    Bring it on! I say. And now I’m looking forward to reading the stories of the twenty-six women who contributed to the collection.

  7. Sveta
    Sveta June 22, 2014 at 8:15 am | | Reply

    The stories sound amazing. Promise to read this in July 🙂

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