We remain traditional : poems
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In We Remain Traditional, Sylvia Chan juxtaposes the elegy, the conflict, and the brashness of a relationship that summons wild musicality in its love and frustration. Through the speaker and Adam, the beloveds offer thirty-two consolations for the gendered history of Chinese American women--a break and affirmation of their traditions. What saves these two characters is their music--a peace treaty for the book's form or 'fractured paradise,' a language that protects and protests their bodies in Oakland, California. Marked by vulnerability and intimacy, Chan interrogates a young woman's childhood ...