Hapa Girl: A Memoir (Google eBook)

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Temple University Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 231 pages
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In the mid-1960s, Winberg Chai, a young academic and the son of Chinese immigrants, married an Irish-American artist. In Hapa Girl ("hapa" is Hawaiian for "mixed") their daughter tells the story of this loving family as they moved from Southern California to New York to a South Dakota farm by the 1980s. In their new Midwestern home, the family finds itself the object of unwelcome attention, which swiftly escalates to violence. The Chais are suddenly socially isolated and barely able to cope with the tension that arises from daily incidents of racial animosity, including random acts of cruelty. May-lee Chai's memoir ends in China, where she arrives just in time to witness a riot and demonstrations. Here she realizes that the rural Americans' "fears of change, of economic uncertainty, of racial anxiety, of the unknowable future compared to the known past were the same as China's. And I realized finally that it had not been my fault."
  

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Review: Hapa Girl: A Memoir

User Review  - Lissa - Goodreads

6/10 I thought this was a captivating novel. The author is a great writer. I really liked that there were pictures in the novel. It gave me a visual of what the family looked like. The memoir was very nicely detailed and enjoyable. Read full review

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User Review  - Marsmannix - Goodreads

I didn't finish this because i can't read about stories of racial discrimination. too upsetting for me Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Wearing of the Green
3
The Sexy Artist Meets the Boy from New York City
8
How to Charm a MotherinLaw
19
California Dreamin
26
The Banana
36
The Bananas Revenge
43
Autumn in the Country
48
The Nights of Many Prayers
114
What Ton Dont Know Can Hurt You
118
Stephen King High
125
Barbarians
129
Glamour Puss
136
The Cannibals
146
The fine Art of Denial
157
The Lone Apache
159

Hunting Season
57
The Little Things
69
The Closet
76
My Last Confession
82
Bugs
92
The Faff of the Prince
97
The Jade Tree
105
My Mothers Irish Gang
168
Chinas Revolutions
183
The End of Staring
195
Fear Itself
198
The Family Trees
201
Acknowledgments
209
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About the author (2007)

May-lee Chai is the author of five books, My Lucky Face, The Girl from Purple Mountain (co-authored with Winberg Chai) and Glamorous Asians: Short Stories & Essays, and recipient of an NEA Grant in Literature.