Author Archives: Lady Xiansa

About Lady Xiansa

Lady Xiansa is a writer, linguist, artist, and dancer. She has been a core volunteer for the Silk Screen Asian Arts Organization since 2007 and has provided content for Pitt JCS anime events since 2011. She has taught both ESL and Beginning Korean. Her novel, The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak, won the Bronze Award for Young Adult Fiction E-book in the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.

False and True Form Combine When the Jade Hare is Captured – Journey to the West, Part 6

We’ve finally reached the final volume of Journey to the West in our series for the year, and it covers chapters 84 through 100.  The first line is rather fun, given how prevalent the idea that Sanzang the monk is … Continue reading

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The Illusion Group Subsidiary Companies’ Matchmaking Disaster – Breaking Soul of a Thousand Years, Part 2

Finishing up The Breaking Soul of a Thousand Years by Seba ( 蝴蝶 Seba 的《千年微塵》), the story continues with Junxin and Yinman staying with Huying for a few months before Yinman decides it’s time to go home.  But do they … Continue reading

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Disintegration on the Night of the Meteor Shower – Breaking Soul of a Thousand Years, Part 1

Today’s new series will cover the Chinese language novel whose title translated into English on the cover is “The Breaking Soul of a Thousand Years,” which is 蝴蝶 Seba 的《千年微塵》.  The title translates literally to something like “The Thousand Year … Continue reading

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A White Soul Hangs, A Mirror In the Sky, Reflected Whole in the Mountain Stream – Journey to the West, Part 5

As I cover volume 5 of Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West in my bilingual Chinese-English edition, the story arc that began in the last chapter of the last volume had Sanzang and his disciples cleaning up the putrid lane … Continue reading

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Speaking Engagement Announcement

The 2017 Sangawa Project will be held in Greentree, PA December 8th-10th, 2017, and I will be speaking on two topics at this year’s event: “Anime’s Creepy Little Girls” and “Exploring Sanrio’s Wild Side: The My Melody Franchise.”  Event details … Continue reading

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The End of the War and Flight to Safety – Year of Impossible Goodbyes, Part 2

This time I’m going to finish the young adult Korean novel The Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sukryeol Choi (최 숙렬의 “떠나보낼 수 없는 세월”).  Chapter 4 picks up with Officer Narita harassing the women and the author’s mother at … Continue reading

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2017 Fall Announcements!

I’m a little behind on making my announcements ever since the film festival last month and the last minute Greensburg Anime Festival went forward under difficult circumstances, but I do have some news to share.  This week on Tuesday, October … Continue reading

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Memories of Grandfather and the Garden Pine Tree – Year of Impossible Goodbyes, Part 1

The next book I’m going to look at is The Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sukryeol Choi (최 숙렬의 떠나보낼 수 없는 세월), which I believe has also been translated into English under that title.  The literal translation would be … Continue reading

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Even the Vegetable Spirits Had Taken Him Along For a Night of Elegant Conversation – Journey to the West, Part 4

In this post, I will cover volume 4 out of 6 of Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West in my bilingual Chinese-English edition, which includes chapters 51 through 67, translated by W.J.F. Jenner.  Before I get back to the story, … Continue reading

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Talking Roses and the Superhero’s Secretary – Ichigoman & Funny Kuromi-chan, Part 3

This post is the last in my series covering “Ichigoman” (イチゴマン) and “Funny Kuromi-chan” (おかしなクロミちゃん) at Sanrio’s website, though the comics look like they are still being published. I think they started publishing them last year, and they were publishing … Continue reading

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