• Archive for October, 2013

    Susan Blumberg-Kason’s forthcoming memoir: Good Chinese Wife

    by  • 30/10/2013 • AJL News, Art & Culture, Books • 1 Comment

    We can hardly contain our excitement. It is really official now. AJL’s Books Editor Susan Blumberg-Kason will need to have her own memoir Good Chinese Wife- A Cross Cultural Memoir (Sourcebooks, July 2014) reviewed in Asian Jewish Life. Her memoir is now available for pre-order on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Good-Chinese-Wife-Cross-Cultural-Memoir/dp/1402293348). We only wish that we had a cover image to tease you with…

    This memoir traces the five years she spent trying to assimilate into a Chinese family, after jumping quickly into marriage (after only six months) with a Chinese man. But over time, she comes to revaluate what she thought it meant to be a wife, have a family, and raise a child —even if it entailed her leaving her Chinese family and moving in with her parents as a single mother at the age of 29.


    You can follow Susan on her blog at http://www.susanbkason.com.

    At AJL, we are obviously huge fans and promise that you will soon be too!

    An Oasis of Survival and Hope (Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre exhibition)

    by  • 19/10/2013 • Communities, Education, Events, History, Holocaust, News • 0 Comments


    This exhibition, featuring artwork by the Children of the Terezin Camp, also showcases artwork produced by pupils from Hong Kong schools as well as information panels about different aspects of the Holocaust and other genocides. It is a useful learning tool for all children learning about World War II, but it is much more than that. It is an important segway into discussions on racism and tolerance generally.


    IMG_7818Each individual piece of work created by Hong Kong students demonstrates an unparalleled sense of empathy and understanding of the meaning of the Holocaust. 



    The three dimensional artwork was particularly impactful. 






    The exhibition will run from October 15-November 15, 2013 in the Central Market Walkway (between Queen’s Road Central and Des Voeux Road).

    The fact that an exhibition of this importance has been given a location so central in Hong Kong is a tremendous statement as to the character of the people of Hong Kong.

    For more information, see the article in The Times of Israelhttp://www.timesofisrael.com/in-a-hong-kong-walkway-a-very-public-holocaust-exhibit/

    Film as a Bridge Between Cultures

    by  • 04/10/2013 • AJL News, Art & Culture, Communities, Events • 0 Comments

    The Beijing-Shanghai Jewish Film Festival recently announced their upcoming second annual festival http://www.jfilmfestival.org.


    Festival director Eytan Tepper hopes that this festival will, “strengthen a sense of community and identity of our Jewish audience but also to serve as a meeting point of different cultures and people, were friendships are born and grow.”

    The festival opens in Beijing on October 12, 2013 where an opening reception will be followed by a screening of the film Hava Nagila (The Movie), US 2013.


    Films include Red Dream Catcher, a CCTV docudrama on the Israel Epstein story. Epstein, a journalist, joined the Communist Party, befriended Mao Zedong, and fought against the Japanese during World War II. It is the story of how a Polish Jew became a Chinese hero.


    The 13 films span various genres including documentary, docudrama, drama and the avant-garde and are from around the Jewish world.

    The Beijing festival runs through October 19, 2013. Tickets are free but reservations are required. See the festival’s website for more information or contact them via email at info@jfilmfestival.org.