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Loveboat, Taipei Quotes that Perfectly Capture the Asian American Experience

We are obsessing over Abigail Hing Wen’s new novel, Loveboat Taipei, which is a whirlwind of love, friendship, rebellion, culture, and identity. There were so many times while reading that we had to stop and highlight a quote because of how it completely encapsulated that complicated feeling of belonging for a first or second-generation immigrant. In this story specifically, it’s that Asian-American experience. That grey area of not being Asian enough for relatives, not being American enough for peers. That feeling of being caught in between your cultural heritage and the place you grew up. There’s also the expectations that fall onto the children of immigrants—feeling like you have to choose between your dreams and your parents’ dreams for you. It’s a lot, and Abigail Hing Wen captures it so perfectly within this delightful story about Ever Wong.

All her life Ever Wong has been an obedient daughter, ready to become a doctor so that her immigrant parents’ dreams can be fulfilled—never mind that she can’t stand the sight of blood and has a secret passion for dance that sets her aflame. When her parents send her to Taipei for the summer to be enrolled in a cultural immersion program, Ever couldn’t be less interested…until she realizes the kids at this program, nicknamed Loveboat, are more into clubbing, partying and rule-breaking than studying. Who would have known?! With an incredible cast of supporting characters, a love story for the ages, and dazzling new experiences at every turn, this summer will transform Ever in ways she never imagined and challenge her to form an identity all on her own terms.

Scroll down for some of our favorite Loveboat, Taipei quotes that we felt truly captured the spirit, feelings, and challenges of being Asian-American in today’s world.

 

Loveboat, Taipei Quotes

THAT PERFECTLY CAPTURE THE ASIAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

 

Loveboat Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
My parents sent me to discover my heritage, but in the process, I’m also finding parts of myself, even if that self isn’t who they want me to be.

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

 

Loveboat Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

“Yes, it was horrible.” But I learned something about myself. That after hitting bottom, I’m strong enough to get on my feet again.

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

 

 

Loveboat Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

“Somehow, she’s making all her identities work: she wears clothes that reflect her heritage, and brought her grandma’s pillow, and tries to convert people to her favorite music, and yet she goes by a Chinese name and reads an English book.”

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

 

Loveboat Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

I would die for my family if I needed to. I would emigrate to a foreign country and give up dancing to unwrap blood-soaked bandages every hour of every day if it meant food and shelter for my family. But because of them, I don’t have to.

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

 

 

Loveboat Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

We can be anyone we want to be—daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, citizens, human beings. We showed Taipei that tonight. And in the days to come, we will show the world.

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

 

Loveboat Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

And as I lunge and whirl my bo staff, dancing to the ancient drum beats, I feel all the parts of myself coming together: glad that a part of me is Chinese, a part of me American, and all of me is simply me.

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

 

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SOME OF OUR OTHER FAVORITE LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI QUOTES

 

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About Loveboat, Taipei

“Our cousins have done this program,” Sophie whispers. “Best kept secret. Zero supervision.

And just like that, Ever Wong’s summer takes an unexpected turnGone is Chien Tan, the strict educational program in Taiwan that Ever was expecting. In its place, she finds Loveboat: a summer-long free-for-all where hookups abound, adults turn a blind eye, snake-blood sake flows abundantly, and the nightlife runs nonstop.

But not every student is quite what they seem:

Ever is working toward becoming a doctor but nurses a secret passion for dance.

Rick Woo is the Yale-bound child prodigy bane of Ever’s existence whose perfection hides a secret.

Boy-crazy, fashion-obsessed Sophie Ha turns out to have more to her than meets the eye.

And under sexy Xavier Yeh’s shell is buried a shameful truth he’ll never admit.

When these students’ lives collide, it’s guaranteed to be a summer Ever will never forget.

 

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