I'm Not Chinese: The Journey from Resentment to Reverence

I'm Not Chinese: The Journey from Resentment to Reverence

by Raymond Wong

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Overview

The first thing you need to know is I'm not Chinese. My name is Raymond Wong and I stopped being Chinese at the age of five. Raymond Wong wants to forget his past: a charming, conniving, and controlling Chinese mother, a father who hasn't so much as written him a letter in 28 years, a stepfather who never sees him as a son, a childhood rife with ridicule and bullying from American kids, and the pain of being an outcast in his own family. Raymond goes back to Hong Kong with the mother he has always pushed away, a woman who represents everything he wants to disown. He meets a father he doesn't recognize and can't talk to because they speak different languages. He encounters a people and a country as foreign as the Cantonese he can no longer comprehend. I'm Not Chinese: The Journey from Resentment to Reverence is about a man who has spent his life running from his culture, his family, himself-and what happens when he is forced to stop running.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627200271
Publisher: Apprentice House
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Raymond M. Wong is grateful to live in San Diego with his wife, Quyen, and two children, Kevin and Kristie. He has served as an assistant editor of creative nonfiction on Lunch Ticket, Antioch University LA’s literary journal. In addition to his MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch, he holds the Master of Science degree in Counseling from San Diego State University. He works as a counselor at San Diego City College and volunteers with his children to deliver meals to homebound elderly through Meals on Wheels in El Cajon.

Wong knows the pain and emptiness of being an outsider, and he does workshops and speaking engagements in the community to share his experience, to reach out and connect with others who feel alone and alienated. He found acceptance, forgiveness, and a sense of purpose through writing.

I’m Not Chinese: The Journey from Resentment to Reverence is his first full-length book, and he is currently writing another book about the father he never knew.

View the author’s reading of “Reverence” on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIVT5pLTihA.
Visit his website www.raymondmwong.com

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