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Cara’s Blog Book Tour 2014 – Day 3

Book Cover - Cara Lopez LeeWelcome to Day 3 of my 2014 blog book tour! Please join me through October 15 as I celebrate Conundrum Press releasing the new edition of my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running Away. Today I visit The Paper Tiger, the blog of one of my favorite authors, Lisa Brackmann.

Lisa writes some of the most intelligent, compelling thrillers you’ll ever read, including Rock Paper Tiger, and Hour of the Rat. Both of those books are set in China, one of the countries I explored on my solo trek around the world, which you can read about in They Only Eat Their Husbands.

I’ve been back to China twice more since then, and in my post at The Paper Tiger today, I talk about my embarrassing efforts to learn to speak Cantonese: Long Time No See.

Here’s where you can find the rest of my online tour:

BLOG BOOK TOUR, October 6-15, 2014
Celebrating the New Edition of Cara Lopez Lee’s Memoir,
They Only Eat Their Husbands:

October 6
Jim Heskett Blog
6 Questions with Author Cara Lopez Lee

October 7
Conundrum Press
Creating Our Lives as Stories

October 7
Travel Dudes
Travel Tip

October 8
The Paper Tiger
Long Time No See

October 9
The Blood Red Pencil
Here’s a Book In Your Eye

October 10
Everyday Underwear
The Wrong Direction

October 15
– Pubslush Blog
Women on Wednesday
– Murder is Everywhere
Long Time No See

When Cross-Cultural Marriage Can’t Find a Home – By Guest Blogger Susan Blumberg-Kason

CoverPlease welcome author Susan Blumberg-Kason as she joins me on the blog book tour for her new memoir, Good Chinese Wife (Sourcebooks, July 29, 2014), which is already receiving rave reviews. Susan grew up in Chicago dreaming of the neon signs and double-decker buses of Hong Kong. When she moved there, she thought she met the man of her dreams, until her cross-cultural romance turned into a nightmare. Good Chinese Wife recounts her years in a Chinese family as a wife, daughter-in-law, and mother. Today she shares with us the importance of place in a cross-cultural marriage:

When Cross-Cultural Marriage Can’t Find a Home By Susan Blumberg-Kason

When I first met Baba, my former father-in-law, he told me a Chinese proverb—ai wu ji wu. It took me a few minutes to understand the English translation relayed by my then-husband, Cai. After discussing it between ourselves for a bit, I figured this saying was basically the Chinese version of “love me, love my dog.”

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Dancing at a Khmer Wedding – by Guest Blogger Gillian Rhodes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI teach dance in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and one of my Khmer friends from work asked me to present a contemporary dance duet at her wedding. Leak was having two weddings: one for her family in Battambang and one in Phnom Penh. I asked one of my dance students, Dara, to perform with me. We practiced our routine for weeks, then off we went to Battambang for the first edition:

The day begins at 5:45 a.m., but while my 18-year-old student Dara and I are bleary-eyed, the wedding tent has already taken over the street and music is blaring when we arrive. I’m ushered inside to find my friend Leak being turned into a goddess by a team of makeup-and-hair artists.

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Hope & Peace in Hanoi: Vietnam’s Friendship Village Vs. Agent Orange – By Guest Trekker Prime Sarmiento

I went to Hanoi expecting to be filled with anger and rage only to leave it with a sense of hope and peace. That was in November, 2012 – my first time to visit the Vietnamese capital – during one of those business trips that I often mix with some leisurely sightseeing. Hanoi was on my must-see travel list. I was intrigued by the city’s French Indochina sine qua non. Unlike its southern counterpart – the brash, ambitious, and masculine Ho Chi Minh city – I found Hanoi refined, mystical, and feminine.

I found Hanoi refined, mystical, and feminine.

But my impression of Hanoi had to take a back seat while I sat in the cab with other journalists on a Friday afternoon. We were on our way to a center that is now home to victims of Agent Orange.

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Barang Exhibit: Unexpected Visitors to Cambodia’s Floating Villages – by Guest Trekker Gillian Rhodes

It’s always fun and interesting to receive a visit to the Girls Trek Too blog from guest trekker Gillian Rhodes, a young American expat in Cambodia. She made the following daytrip last fall, three-and-a-half-months into her eight-month stint as a dancer/choreographer in Phnom Penh:

Barang Exhibit
By Gillian Rhodes

The girl sitting next to me looks terrified. But when I say quietly, “Sok-sa-bai, own?” (How are you, little sister?), she smiles briefly, before her brow re-furrows and the look of concerned fascination returns.

When I say quietly, “Sok-sa-bai, own?” (How are you, little sister?), she smiles briefly, before her brow re-furrows.

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Which Way to the Cambodian Break Dancers? The White Girl is Lost Again – by Guest Trekker Gillian Rhodes

Gillian Rhodes is currently living in Cambodia, working as a choreographer, teaching workshops and dancing, and immersing herself in the rich arts scene of Phnom Penh. As part of her work, she has been meeting all sorts of organizations, in all sorts of crazy places. Here’s what happened to her on the way to find Tiny Toones, a break-dancing troupe and creative education project just outside Phnom Penh:

Which Way to the Cambodian Break Dancers?
by Gillian Rhodes

There are hundreds of stories like KK’s: many Cambodian people were displaced to America and France during the repressive regime of the Khmer Rouge, and then later deported back to Cambodia, to a “home” they knew nothing about and were unprepared to face. One of them is Tuy Sobil, or “KK,” a breakdancer who was born in a Thai refugee camp, grew up in the projects of Los Angeles, California, became a gang member, and got deported to Cambodia – a country he’d never before visited. In his neighborhood just outside Phnom Penh, a few kids found out he could break dance and insisted he teach them.

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Want to Help Save Giant Pandas? – Calling All Ambassadors – by Guest Trekker Ashley Robertson

Have you ever taken a leap of faith that changed your life forever? I did, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. My story starts back in 2010, sitting in the living room with my dad watching cute videos of giant pandas on YouTube. A website caught my eye that read www.pandahome.com. I thought it was a unique name for a website and since I had never seen it before, I decided to see what it was all about. That one click of the mouse changed my life forever.

“I’m going to China to work with pandas!” I screamed while jumping up and down.

I had stumbled upon a global contest to fly to China and work with pandas at the world’s largest home to captive pandas, and it was one week before the deadline! I nearly broke my computer as I leapt to my feet. “I’m going to China to work with pandas!” I screamed while jumping up and down. “They’re having a contest for Panda Ambassadors and I have one week to enter!”

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