Tuesday, October 29, 2013



20131029: I am really glad I was able get a ticket to the Writers Festival this evening to hear what my favourite Ottawa writer had to say abt "Living History".


"Living History" with Denise Chong and Charlotte Gray
Hosted by CBC’s Lucy van Oldenbarneveld
Knox Presbyterian Church, Oct 29, 2013 18h30

Bio: 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.

"..... 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 set out to collect the history of the earliest Chinese settlers in and around Ottawa, who made their homes far from any major Chinatown. This generation of immigrants lived at the intersection of the Exclusion Act in Canada, which divided families between here and China, and two momentous upheavals in China: the Japanese invasion and war-time occupation; and the victory of the Communists. Her new book, Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance, 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...."

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 Related links:
* Wikipedia: Denise Chong

Below is my favourite Denise Chong book "The Concubine's Children". Twenty years after its first publication, it has recently been translated to simplified Chinese for the PRC readers.

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