Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss The Cooked Seed: A Memoir
by Anchee Min. Author of the internationally bestselling memoir Red Azalea
, Min now traces her journey from the painful deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the United States, where she endured five jobs, crime, and a painful marriage before the birth of a daughter inspired her writing career.
Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, January 21
Library Meeting Room
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!
1. Consider the title of this memoir. Why was Min considered a "cooked seed" in China? Why would she choose this insult as the title for her memoir?
2. After her first trip back to China, Min realized "I did not yet know the American I was becoming, but I was sure that I was no longer the same An-Qi from China. I, who was defeated, was refusing to accept the defeat." (p. 134) Why did Min feel alienated from her family when she returned to China? What are some key events that demonstrate her resilience and her refusal to accept defeat?
3. What can The Cooked Seed teach Americans about China and its people? What can Americans learn about themselves by viewing their culture through Min's eyes?
4. Discuss the sources of conflict between Min and her daughter. Why was Min slow to recognize her daughter's struggles and unhappiness?
5. If you read Min's first memoir, compare The Cooked Seed to Red Azalea. What incidents in Red Azalea were revisited in The Cooked Seed? What kind of challenges did Min face in each memoir? How has her writing style evolved in the twenty years since Red Azalea was published?
Discussion questions obtained at http://media.bloomsbury.com/rep/files/the-cooked-seed-rgg-ce-nb.pdf