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Denise Chong

Autor(a) de The Concubine's Children

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About the Author

Denise Chong was raised in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. Chong was an economist with the Department of Finance in Ottawa and an economic advisor to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. After a trip to see her relatives in China, Chong wrote the story of her grandmother's horrific life as an mostrar mais adolescent concubine sold to an immigrant in Vancouver. The story first appeared in Saturday Night Magazine and was later expanded into its book form, The Concubine's Children. Chong is also the editor of The Penguin Anthology of Stories by Canadian Women. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Denise Chong, Oct. 5, 2009, University of British Columbia, Canada about the story of the man who defaced Chairman Maos portrait during the protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989

Obras por Denise Chong


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Chong, Denise
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Locais de residência
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Beijing, China
University of British Colombia (BA|Economics|1975)
University of Totonto (MA|Economics and Public Policy|1978)
political adviser
Smith, Roger (CTV correspondent) (husband)
Task Force on the Participation of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service
McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
National Advisory Board on Culture Online
Prémios e menções honrosas
honorary doctorate, University of Northern British Columbia

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Born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1953, Chong was raised in Prince George.[1] She worked as an economist with the Department of Finance. From 1980 to 1984, she served in the Prime Minister's Office as an economics advisor to late Pierre Trudeau.

Her career in writing began with the discovery of her family's roots in China, which led to her memoir, The Concubine's Children: Portrait of a Family Divided, which won the City of Vancouver Book Award in 1994,[2] the Edna Staebler Award,[3] and the VanCity Book Prize, and was for 93 weeks on the bestseller list of The Globe and Mail. Her adaptation of her memoir for the stage premiered at Nanaimo's Port Theatre in 2004. Her second book is The Girl in the Picture: The Story of Kim Phuc, the Photograph, and the Vietnam War. Both books were finalists for the Governor-General's Literary Non-Fiction Award, have been translated into several languages.
Denise Chong has continued her involvement in public life. She has served on many public boards, task forces, and committees, including the Task Force on the Participation of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service, the National Advisory Board on Culture Online, and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Chong has an honorary doctorate from the University of Northern British Columbia.

Chong lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband, CTV reporter Roger Smith, and her two children, Jade and Kai.



I was surprised at how easy this was to read and how much background information there was. The families life and background are covered and so much on Vietnam after the war. Highly recommended.
bookmarkaussie | 7 outras críticas | Sep 22, 2023 |
Inhaltlich fand ich das Buch meistens interessant, deshalb die 3,5 Punkte.
Der Großvater der Autorin Chan Sam nahm 1924 ihre Großmutter May-ying in Kanada als zweite Frau. In weiten Teilen verdiente sie das ganze Geld sowohl für die Familie in Kanada als auch in China. Ihre ersten beiden Kinder werden traditionsgemäß der kinderlosen Ehefrau Chan Sams in China übergeben. Die jüngere Tochter, die Mutter der Autorin, bliebt in Kanada.
Dass May-Ying kein glückliches Leben hat, zur Alkoholikerin wird und als Mensch hart und ungerecht ist, überrascht nicht wirklich.
Dennoch ist es für die Tochter in Kanada und alle Angehörigen, auch den Adoptivsohn, kein leichte Leben. Das Buch zeigt anhand von Briefen udn anderen Dokumenten, auch Bildern, auf, wie dieses zerrissene Leben zwischen Kanada und China gelebt wurde, in politisch schwierigen Zeiten.
Die Mutter Winnie schafft es, sich zu lösen und schließlich auch die Annäherung an China und die Familie dort.
Ich fand das Buch allerdings nicht allzu spannend geschrieben, eher additiv. Daher war ich trotz des guten Thema versucht, nur 3 Punkte zu geben.
… (mais)
Wassilissa | 16 outras críticas | Aug 28, 2019 |
A beautifully constructed family memoir.
bookishblond | 16 outras críticas | Oct 24, 2018 |
In this book, Denise Chong tells the stories of various Chinese immigrants to Canada and how they established themselves and their families over the years, beginning around the 1950s. The stories are interesting -- some more so, but all provide an insight into what it was like for Chinese people to move here. They sometimes faced persecution in China; most also faced discrimination in Canada, ranging from schoolyard teasing to racist policies such as the head tax and restriction of immigrants. It is inspirational to see how hard these people worked to make a life for themselves and their families, while often also sending money back to family in China. The writing is in a journalistic style -- not a lot of descriptive narrative: Ms. Chong lets the stories speak for themselves, which works well in this case. I only wish there had been some kind of family/relationship tree as some of the people in various stories were related and it was difficult to keep the relationships straight.… (mais)
LynnB | Oct 3, 2018 |



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