Lives Of The Family: Stories Of Fate And Circumstance by Denise ChongLives Of The Family: Stories Of Fate And Circumstance by Denise Chong

Lives Of The Family: Stories Of Fate And Circumstance

byDenise Chong

Hardcover | October 8, 2013

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International bestselling author of The Concubine's Children, Denise Chong returns to the subject of her most beloved book, the lives and times of Canada's early Chinese families.   

In 2011, Denise Chong set out to collect the history of the earliest Chinese settlers in and around Ottawa, who made their homes far from any major Chinatown. Many would open cafes, establishments that once dotted the landscape across the country and were a monument to small-town Canada. This generation of Chinese immigrants lived at the intersection of the Exclusion Act in Canada, which divided families between here and China, and 2 momentous upheavals in China: the Japanese invasion and war-time occupation; and the victory of the Communists, which ultimately led these settlers to sever ties with China. This book of overlapping stories explores the trajectory of a universal immigrant experience, one of looking in the rear view mirror while at the same time, travelling toward an uncertain future. Intimate, haunting and powerful, Lives of the Family reveals the immigrant's tenacity in adapting to a new world.
DENISE CHONG is the author of the family memoir The Concubine's Children; The Girl in the Picture, a story of the napalm girl from the Vietnam War; and Egg on Mao, a portrayal of human rights in China. She lives with her family in Ottawa.
Title:Lives Of The Family: Stories Of Fate And CircumstanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.2 × 5.4 × 0.98 inPublished:October 8, 2013Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307361233

ISBN - 13:9780307361233

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ottawa Chinese immigration history. Good insight into some aspects of our family history. Confusing writing style in many areas.
Date published: 2014-11-10

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Praise for The Concubine's Children:"Beautiful, haunting and wise, it lingers in the mind like a portrait one returns to in a family album and elicits the same mysterious response of love, melancholy and pride." —The New York Times Book Review Praise for The Girl in the Picture:"Denise Chong's story of Kim's life, both before and after that decisive click of the camera shutter, is masterly. It is not only a fascinating account of everyday life in South Vietnam, but a crisply informative analysis of the social, political and economic structures of Indochina. Chong draws every strand of the story together so skillfully and excitingly that her book reads like the best kind of novel--both moving and startling." —The Times Literary SupplementPraise for Egg on Mao:"Exquisite.... This is a gem of a book, strong in its treatment of substance, superb in its expression." —Winnipeg Free Press