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History Memoir Non-Fiction

Rice and Race and Politics

“In the 1700s, South Carolina was the largest exporter of rice in the world.”  So read the display at the Rice Museum in Georgetown, South Carolina. That must be a mistake. I remember my disbelief, even now, over twenty years later. Which part of the statement was wrong, though?  Rice! I am Chinese. I know […]

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Being Chinese History Non-Fiction

Frantic Flight

The boat in the title of Helen Zia’s book, the Last Boat Out of Shanghai, is not a literal boat. It stands for the desperate rush of millions of people fleeing the Chinese Communist Revolution in 1949…

Well, my mom missed that boat. And with her, me and my baby sister.

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Being Chinese History Non-Fiction

Stranded in America

My parents lived together for two years after they were married. Then they did not see each other for the next seven. For some of that time, they couldn’t even write letters. Dad was in America. Mom, my sister and I were in China, and then Hong Kong. Our family was separated by 8,000 miles […]