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“Country of Daughters” Review by Shrena

Leaving Mother Lake reveals popular Chinese singer, Yang Erche Namu’s, rural upbringing in the “Country of Daughters”. The memoir shares her childhood as a part of an anthropologically unique ethnic group called Mosou in the foothills of the China-Tibet border. As a matrilineal society, the Mosou people have unique family dynamics. The families tend to … Continue reading


Movie Review of “The Babadook” by Shrena

Jennifer Kent’s 2014 horror film, The Babadook, follows the story of a struggling widow and her psychologically-troubled child. A mysterious top-hatted creature disrupts their lives after reading an eerie pop-up book. The Babadook’s appearance is classic- his cloak is reminiscent of Dracula. The film plays with the element of loss of control. It is difficult … Continue reading

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Book Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

by Nghia Luong The 2004 cinematic hit Howl’s Moving Castle made by Studio Ghibli captured the hearts of the young and old around the world with its charming writing and enchanting animations. The book, written by Diana Wynne Jones and published in 1986, however, was lackluster in comparison. The charm of the titular characters, Howl … Continue reading