"This latest novel (Memoirs of a Eurasian) from Yang (Shanghai Girl) is an engaging exploration of a world unknown to most Westerners. Yang navigates Hong Kong and the insular Chinese world of Shanghai with equal ease, convincingly charting (the protagonist)’s life from childhood to adolescence and adulthood. ... Readers will find this fascinating novel very enjoyable and readable."
"The reader experiences 20th-century China -- the Cultural Revolution, the industrialization of the coastal regions and the transformation of Hong Kong -- through (the protagonist)’s struggles and triumphs and the novel progresses competently from episode to episode. This gives Memoirs of a Eurasian a pleasing, consistent tension ... The novel is structured as an Asian woman recounting her life story to a Westerner, and as such brings to mind Arthur Golden’s massively successful Memoirs of a Geisha. Despite these superficial likenesses, the protagonists of the novels are entirely different. While Geisha gave a delicately crafted look at the exotic, Yang's tale is more relatable ... (and) provides a unique perspective on an under-explored era."
“Memoirs of a Eurasian is a complex novel spanning four decades of cultural upheaval in China. … One particularly bold narrative detour is when a character leaves for Japan and then falls prey to cannibalism. Yang presents the event with little sensationalism. … The moments of sensuality in the novel are recounted less as sexual awakenings and more as empowering moments for the female characters of the story. These moments serve as some of the most powerful of the story, and demonstrate Yang’s willingness to take her narrative beyond a comfortable zone.”
“Shanghai Girl is superb literature ... one of the best of contemporary novels written by Chinese authors; we eagerly await Yang's next literary feat.”
"Shanghai Girl is a delicious tale of cross-cultural adjustment, personal ambition, and self-discovery, peppered with steamy sex, ruthless exploitation, and mysterious murder. ... From the streets of old Shanghai to a feast of monkey brains, Yang scripts scenarios that readers may otherwise never experience for themselves. And to have done this all in her second language! ... We are anxiously awaiting Yang's next masterpiece! "
“Shanghai Girl – a feat in itself. Yang puts a new, often lighthearted spin on frequently covered topics like Chinese identity, the U.S. immigrant experience and reverberations of the Cultural Revolution.”