Learning from My Mother's Voice: Family Legend and the Chinese American Experience / Edition 1

Learning from My Mother's Voice: Family Legend and the Chinese American Experience / Edition 1

by Jean Lau Chin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807745510

ISBN-13: 9780807745519

Pub. Date: 02/25/2005

Publisher: Teachers College Press

This fascinating book takes a new and different look at the immigrant experience of Asian Americans and shows how themes of separation, loss, guilt, and bicultural identity are pervasive in the lives of immigrant families. In Part I, the author introduces the reader to a wealth of old and new myths, symbols, and legends that have shaped the lives of these families for…  See more details below

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This fascinating book takes a new and different look at the immigrant experience of Asian Americans and shows how themes of separation, loss, guilt, and bicultural identity are pervasive in the lives of immigrant families. In Part I, the author introduces the reader to a wealth of old and new myths, symbols, and legends that have shaped the lives of these families for generations. She then shows how these powerful stories and images have worked to both sustain and oppress Chinese Americans as they've struggled to build new lives here.

In Part II, the author captures the immigrant experience of many Chinese American families through the voice of her mother, Fung Gor Lee, who arrived in America in 1939 from Hong Kong. Grounded in the trials and tests of forbearance faced by many Asian immigrants in their journey to the west-from the Gold Rush in California during the 1850s, to the Japanese invasion of China, through World War II, communism and McCarthyism, and finally the civil rights and the women's movements of the 1960s-this moving account will resonate with all Americans who have immigrant roots.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807745519
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
02/25/2005
Series:
Multicultural Foundations of Psychology and Counseling Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,179,687
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Forward
1Mythology and storytelling : of women, family, and culture7
2Contemporary storytelling and immigration legend27
3Cultural symbols : universal bonds42
4Of survival and striving : an intergenerational saga65
5Day by day : of women and culture89
6Traveling to the future : connecting with the past113
7Of bonds and bondage129
8Of intergenerational bonds : lessons142
9The future155

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