Gretchen Yee in Fly on the Wall
I’ve enjoyed books written by E. Lockhart such as The Boyfriend List and Fly on the Wall. Trisha and I really dug that Gretchen Kaufman Yee was cool with being half Chinese. I especially like that Gretchen collects beancurd babies–that sounds like something someone I know would do.
We probably haven’t done Fly on the Wall justice with this post so you’ll have to read the book. I also enjoy reading E. Lockhart’s blog so you might want to peruse there too.
Gayle: Did her Asian-ness really matter though? I totally forgot she was Asian in the course of the book
Trisha: No, but that’s one of the things I liked. It wasn’t a big deal.
Jolene: Sorry, I haven’t read the book, what’s it about?
Trisha: A girl who becomes a fly on the wall of the boys locker room at school for a week. There’s also an Asian-American guy in the book. One of the minor characters.
Jolene: How does her Asian-Americaness show through in the book? Are there sterotypes?
Trisha: Nope. She’s hapa, and I don’t remember race ever being a big deal in the book.
Gayle: Yeah, it wasn’t a big deal. She just so happened to be hapa.
Jolene: Maybe we should define Hapa=Hawaiian slang for half races. Like the Japanese slang for “Hafu.”
Gayle: Hapa pretty much means of mixed race, so you can be hapa-haole (half-white) or hapa in general just means mult-racial.