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Is There A Market For Respectful Asian Romance Novels?

January 21st, 2011 | 7 comments | Posted by Diana

A new TIME article comments on the recent boom of an unlikely literary genre: Amish romance novels.

With books that tug on heart and bonnet strings and tales characterized by “humility, plainness and no sex,” G-rated authors like Beverly Lewis (see her latest, The Secret, at right), Cindy Woodsmall and Wanda Brunstetter have quickly risen to the rank of bestseller–without so much as showing a little bit of leg.

Perhaps in a society like ours–one that has fallen south into a hole so shameless, explicit and oversexed that we recognize our pop stars by tampon string and teen moms write “abstinence advocate” on the occupation line of their tax forms–the only thing left to taboo is modesty.

This idea sends me into a small fit of inspiration. Maybe there’s room in this playing field for another new kid in town–the Repectful Asian romance novel!!! Could there be something to the kind of love that my Hardass Asian Mama always tells me about? The kind I’ve always assumed is simply too, er, storybook to actually exist in real life but clearly may make for a captivating literary tale?

You know it goes:

Girl studies hard. Boy studies hard. Girl concentrates on school, learns piano and violin very well, no room for boys. Boy and girl respect parents. Boy and Girl meet at school and do not talk because they are busy studying. She would think he is very handsome, but does not think about boys in order to concentrate on her studies. Boy and Girl finish school at the top of their respective classes and go on to become doctors. One day, after the last day of residency, Boy–now Man, walks over to Girl–now Woman. He says, “I have never met a woman with a family so honorable. And you do not want to become an old maid.” She giggles from beneath her surgical mask. In a true climax, they arrange a meeting with both sets of parents to discuss a proper marriage that honors both lineages. They also promise to have many sons that will bring honor to the family.

Oh, romance! DO WE HAVE A BEST-SELLER OR WHAT? I THINK SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[TIME: Amish Romance Novels - No Bonnet Rippers]

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SELF-VLOGELLASIAN: On Romantic Gift-Giving

June 19th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

What are Jen and Diana doing when not blogging or practicing violin and piano?

We’re Shopping Imbibing Complaining Spelunking Doing Rad Stuff vlogging.

Listen, it’s advice.

Consider us humanitariasians.

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"I’ve Been Locked Inside Your Heart-Shaped Watermelon for Weeks" Has a Pretty Nice Ring to It

May 12th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

File this plant genetics masterpiece under: Kinda wrong and a little creepy, yet awesome:


(Okay, okay, it’s pretty romantic that farmer Hiroichi Kimura and his wife spent three years developing this fruit to symbolize their love for both farming and each other. But that’s mushy-gushy stuff, and we really do get all uncomfy when we start talking about mushy-gushy stuff.)

[via Buzzfeed]

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