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Yi Shun Lai

Pin Ups (Little Bound Books Essay) ***

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When Yi Shun Lai was old enough, her mother bought her a subscription to 'Teen magazine, in the hopes that she'd shed her tomboy skin to reveal a polished young lady. But Lai cut out all the wrong articles--girls on BMX bikes, girls on the gridiron, girls on the ski slopes and in the ocean--and these women became her role models. Pin Ups is Lai's memoir about her long, ragged relationship with outdoor sports. Along the way, she discovers what it means to find a place in the great outdoors--and what the act of carving out a place of her own taught her about tokenism, women's leadership, and representation in a white world.