Novelist wrestles Asian trophy wives

Award winning novelist Christopher G Moore has been in New York this month for the US launch of Paying Back Jack, the 10th installment in his Vincent Calvino crime novel series. Moore also writes literary fiction – I’m a big fan of Waiting for the Lady, a novel set in Burma that centers on Aung San Suu Kyi – and books about Thai language. In addition to a favorite read of mine, Moore has been a friend for 15 years, and a mentor as both a writer and an expatriate in Asia.

In a show of extraordinary bravado or extreme foolishness, Moore recently tackled the subject of Asia trophy wives on his blog. Moore lives in Bangkok and is married to a Thai woman, so the subject is fraught with particular danger for him. But, as usual, Moore writes intelligently on this highly charged cross-cultural subject.

What I found astonishing was the article by Ying Chu that triggered Moore’s consideration of the question. The article is an outstanding example of how vapid popular magazines have become. I’ll simply add one footnote: of all things I’ve previously heard (from mutual acquaintances) and read about Wendy Deng, Rupert Murdoch’s current wife, the word “trophy” hardly seems applicable.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, financial crisis, and cheap lingerie.

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One Response to “Novelist wrestles Asian trophy wives”

  1. sascha Says:

    hi there, i am a reader of Asia Times, just got to your blog today. i read Ying Chu’s article — published by hearst and displayed on MSN might be an indicator of how vapid it can be — but i still can’t help wondering, is she on to something? not to say that Asian women are trophies (my wife is Chinese and trophy does not come to mind), but more of a trend that describes Asia’s rise, or the power and drive of Asian women, or something of that nature? In China, an average white dude could prob find a very “foxy” wife, at least foxier than he might be able to get at home, where ever that may be … I’m not sure what the real implications are, because we are talking about women here, and nothing is certain. I suppose if we took stats from Eastern Europe or Latin America, we might find similar types of trends. A real sign of cultural contact would be Mainland bigwigs marrying blondes .. hahahahaha that would be something someone would write about … anyway, i like your voice and will stay tuned. cheers

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