Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning local writer GISH JEN—author of Mona in the Promised Land, The Love Wife, and Tiger Writing—for a discussion of her latest book, The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap.
Never have East and West come as close as they are today, yet we are still baffled by one another. Is our mantra “To thine own self be true?” Or do we believe we belong to something larger than ourselves—a family, a religion, a troop—that claims our first allegiance? Gish Jen—drawing on a treasure trove of stories and personal anecdotes, as well as cutting-edge research in cultural psychology—reveals how this difference shapes what we perceive and remember, what we say and do and make—how it shapes everything from our ideas about copying and talking in class to the difference between Apple and Alibaba. As engaging as it is illuminating, this is a book that stands to profoundly enrich our understanding of ourselves and of our world.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.