Come from Nowhere: A Memoir in Two Halves

Come from Nowhere: A Memoir in Two Halves

by Bian An
Come from Nowhere: A Memoir in Two Halves

Come from Nowhere: A Memoir in Two Halves

by Bian An


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Exeter. China.

I come from New Hampshire.

I come from China.

I come from nowhere exactly.

In memoir, they say the value is not just in the words but in the author's identity. What claim does the writer have, what claim on this story involving China? Are these just the words of an American with some exotic background? Or of a half-Chinese whose roots are breaking through the western culture paved over top? Whether Chinese or American, or both, I lived this story. You can decide for yourself.

I was born Bian An to a Chinese mother and an American father. They'd met as college students in Beijing during the invasion of China by Japan. Then came World War II, the Chinese civil war, and later the Vietnam War. In these pages I bridge the two halves of my upbringing, to reach my mother's American descendants, my children, who were too young to know their Chinese grandmother, and who live wholly American. This bridge is complex and time is short.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798886792263
Publisher: Luminare Press
Publication date: 02/02/2023
Pages: 108
Sales rank: 732,067
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Bian An, better known as Ann Bennett Spence, has a bicultural and biracial background. Her father was from a Republican family in the Boston area, and her mother from a distinguished Chinese family in Beijing. Her parents' marriage in 1940 was a news story, not a wedding announcement, so unusual in Boston was marriage between whites and Chinese immigrants still banned from citizenship. Bian An was their first-born. In adulthood An(n) lived mainly in Cambridge MA and Palo Alto CA, and was married first to Michael Spence, and much later to Richard Bowers. She has three adult children. She was a managing director at a global investment firm, where she advised universities on governance and financial matters.As a 2018 DCI Fellow at Stanford University, she researched her mother's decision to flee Japanese-occupied Beijing, for America. An(n) authored Nancy Nianci: A Story of Wars, a historical novel based on her findings. Currently her writing focuses on short stories, historical fiction, essays, and mystery, exploring race, family fracture, catastrophe-and renewal.She lives in Exeter, NH and Boston, MA.

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