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Yuan's Place
by Sha Yan   

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Literary Fiction

Publisher:  AuthorHouse Publishing ISBN-10:  1425925170 Type: 


Copyright:  May, 2006 ISBN-13:  9781425925178

Yuan's Place is a literary collection by writer and poet Sha Yan. The book is about life, spirit and love. It contains many piece of literary works by the writer about the topic. It is a thought-provoking collection. When the new age lays in, the title refelct the new writing Sha Yan produces. Yes, the collection is refreshing, new and colorful.

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Yuan's Place is a collection of prose, fiction and poetry of writer Sha Yan's recent work. It tells about life, beauty, spirit and love. In this little book, writer tries to tell stories with aspects of life and expectation, as well as love. The book contains eighteen pieces of writings including some beautiful poetry reflecting life, some short and medium fictions about life, love and career and some interesting prose praising the life. It shows the writer's interesting touch of English, his sense of beauty and his intelligence.

In Sha Yan's prose "Suburban", he describes the living in the suburban area and praise such living with his beautiful touch of English. In his mini story "It snowed the night after dawn", he narrates a well educated careerless restaurant delivery person and tells his thoughs about his current life in a beautiful snow day. In the short story " Bird that flies", he narrates an engineer who was just hired by a high tech. start up company and tells how his life is like in a realism fashion. The main theme of the collection "Yuan's Place" is a story about love and life, writer narrates the story with his special touch in English about a young professional's life and his love relationship with his wife, Yuan. When Yuan went away to America to find her dream, he missed her, but finally he engaged in a new love relationship with a girl who loves him, Winnie. It features the Yuan (Buddhism belief) thinking and tells the conflict in nowaday Chinese marriage.

Sha Yan is romantic, which shows in this work, "Yuan's Place". In this work, he shows his tacit felling about beauty and nature, not only simplely writings about love and life. The book is spiritual and it has contents of Buddhism, Chritiananity and the love and nature of Taoism. It is the contents themself are interesting. Without being very descriptive, Sha Yan has a clean and beautiful touch of English language. It would be pleasant reading experience reading “Yuan’’s Place”.


Summer is the best season of this place. Sunshine, trees, flowers, campground, and swimming pools are people's most love. Sweet smiles on girls’ face and steady please and thank you from guys' mouth in every shop you visit make sure you are still in heaven. Grilled chicken, marinated, fries and salad, dish everyone wants to order in all seasons comes into everyone's home, a gas powered BBQ oven in one's back yard is definitely an asset. When time past 5pm, lines of traffic on the high way facing the coming down sun in the slightly reddish and golden shiny sky move slowly and quietly. TVs just finish American soap opera and get ready to let everyone know what happen in the world and the city today. When the sky turns dark, local restaurants, bars, dance clubs and downtown streets are full with people's laughs, jokes and humours. Restless city! The next morning, an alarm wakes you up. After coffee, toast and a TV newsbreak and a couple of phones calls to the bank and the insurance company and stockbrokers, you are on your way to work with your new Pontiac Grand AM. At the lunch break. Grilled chicken, marinated with fries come across your mind, one more thing, salad and coffee, maybe Pepsi.

Seasonal alternation comes fast, moments of glory on maples and oaks with some aged dark brownish grayish barks slipped away from my mind. Yearly sea brushed natural stones on the shore standing tall and round from coast to coast are all over in this place. The prime time on newscast is always fast paced at clock speed. Slowly, the first crystal shiny snow flick drops to this Northern land. By the time Christmas comes, exhausted year and passionate people in the city and the country are all celebrating in their home beside their fireplace or at dinner parties. Nut Cracker and Tin Soldier are the best Christmas shows here.

On the other side of the earth, in the early morning northern China, traditional hot soymilk with a deep fried historical bread stick takes everyone's dinner table. At about the same time, Tiananmen Square and parks scattered throughout the city fill with people at all ages practicing Qi Kong and Chinese martial arts. After 8am, streets are full of bicycles and motor vehicles. The city gets busy. Beijing has lots of government departments, agencies, and universities and research institutes and companies from local and all over the world, as the capital city of China. Shopping centres, supermarkets and stores in the city open their doors at nine. They are the best places for visitors, housewives and some others. Sports centres and gyms in the morning are not very busy, but personnel are all looking at engaging for the afternoon. One quarter past ten, an old retired factory worker brings his tea cup, joining two others carrying their tea cups and Chinese chess set at the corner, heading to the park two blocks north. When the lunch time comes, Chinese fried chicken competing with Kentucky fried chicken beside McDonalds does not attract a lot of customers' attention, rather in beef noodle restaurant next to them, a line is formed. Well, McDonalds then, impatient young men and well dressed office women are arguing. Their older aged male manager say, let's have Korean BBQ beef. Of course, the check will be billed on corporate credit card. Time past three, busy phone lines still make receptionist headache transferring callers to managers, associates, agents and others. By 5pm, one associate still hasn’t figured out how he will finish his own work, the manager requested him to work it out for the remaining of the day. He will get a good pay for his overtime, and if he did a good job, he would be better rated for the once a year yearly bonus. And his good work will be directly reported confidentially to the company headquarter in Hong Kong. That means the next time his manager went to a different department, his record would be shown on company president's name list. Well, 7% GDP growth in modern China every year does not come from nothing, and it does not lead to nothing.

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A thought-provoking comparison of North America and China,
Everyone knows that Canada is very different from China, but that doesn't mean the average North American can imagine how Montreal would be perceived by a Chinese immigrant. Yuan's Place offers a glimpse of Canada through an newcomer's eyes, written by a man left the Far East in his late teens. In addition to reflections on adjusting to life in a foreign land, this 103-page collection of essays, short stories and poems also contains musings on Christian spirituality.

Sha Yan's comparisons of North American culture to his native China are thought-provoking-- the narrator's reactions to cultural differences aren't always what you'd expect. However, Sha Yan sometimes has difficulty expressing himself in English, and his essays tend to read as if they started life as school writing assignments. His strong suit is his poetry, which was originally composed in Chinese-- "Tree House" has a particularly pleasing sound.

This book may not appeal to a broad audience, but it could be of interest to readers who work with immigrant populations or who wish to learn more about the immigrant experience.

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