China Dog: And Other Tales from a Chinese Laundry

China Dog: And Other Tales from a Chinese Laundry

by Judy Fong Fong Bates, Judy F. Bates

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China Dog: And Other Tales from a Chinese Laundry by Judy Fong Fong Bates, Judy F. Bates

Vivid, richly textured, wryly funny, a collection of linked stories about a host of Chinese immigrants from the turn of the century to the present.

A chorus of immigrant voices populates Judy Fong Bates's graceful and poignant first collection. Denizens of the ubiquitous small towns around Ontario, as far from their native land as can be imagined yet united by their proximity to the local Chinese laundry, her characters have in common their driving desire to assimilate, to fit in, to belong to a "majority" culture. But they are also people trapped by a certain cultural pride in confronting a world that may feign acceptance while at the same time reminding them that they are "other."

In the words of the Toronto Globe and Mail, Judy Fong Bates's "deceptively simple narratives expose the hopes and hardships that define her characters' lives." Her graceful writing is full of compassion, insight, and honesty; it opens our eyes to the commonality of what it is to be human.

Author Biography: Judy Fong Bates came to Canada from China as a young child and grew up above several Chinese laundries. She lives with her family in Toronto.

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ISBN-13: 9781896705309
Publisher: Sister Vision Press
Publication date: 01/01/1998
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.37(d)

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