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How to be dead in a year of snakes, Chris Tse

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How to be dead in a year of snakes
Title
How to be dead in a year of snakes
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Chris Tse
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Language
eng
Summary
In 1905, white supremacist Lionel Terry murdered the Cantonese gold prospector Joe Kum Yung to draw attention to his crusade to rid New Zealand of Chinese and other East Asian immigrants. Chris Tse uses this story - and its reenactment for a documentary a hundred years later - to reflect on the experiences of Chinese migrants of the period, their wishes and hopes, their estrangement and alienation, their ghostly reverberation through a white-majority culture. Along the way we visit the gold fields of the south, a shipwreck in the Hokianga that left the spirits of 500 Chinese goldminers in an unmemorialised limbo for a hundred years and the streets of Newtown, Wellington, where Lionel Terry went out one night 'looking for a Chinaman'. Chris Tse's flickering use of imagery, resonant language and flexible pronouns are particularly suited to the historic events he describes and the viewpoints he shifts through. How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes is a welcome poetic addition to New Zealand literature
Awards note
Ockham New Zealand Book Awards : The Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry Winner, 2016.
Cataloging source
NZNB
Dewey number
NZ821.3
Geographic coverage
New Zealand
Index
index present
Literary form
poetry
How to be dead in a year of snakes, Chris Tse
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How to be dead in a year of snakes, Chris Tse
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  • Poems
  • Includes index
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21 cm
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Extent
73 pages
Isbn
9781869408183
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) SL1277661
  • (NLNZils)1685321
  • (OCoLC)885334474
  • (Nz)15534605

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