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Hapa Girl: A Memoir By May-lee Chai Hapa Girl A Memoir In the mid s 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 lovi
  • Title: Hapa Girl: A Memoir
  • Author: May-lee Chai
  • ISBN: 9781592136155
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hapa Girl: A Memoir By May-lee Chai 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 unweIn 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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    1. May Lee Chai grew up in Southern California, New York, and South Dakota with her Chinese father Winberg , Caucasian mother Carolyn , and younger brother, Jeff Their lives were relatively normal until May Lee s father accepted a position in South Dakota and moved the family there Suddenly they were in a hotbed of racial tensions and prejudice Because they were darker skinned outsiders who could be mistaken for Native Americans and there was a lot of bad blood between the local tribes and the whit [...]


    2. I agree with the mixed and half hearted reviews of this memoir Chai s writing is beautiful and eloquent at times She is obviously intelligent, well read, and educated She is from a beautiful family, one that fits the stereotype of attractive hapas I can see that she looks up to her brother I look up to mine, too, and our brothers have a similar physical appearance I do empathize with her, and I know that the racism she and her family encountered was brutal and unacceptable However, I do not dete [...]


    3. And so I began to write about the things I thought I would never tell another soul as long as I lived, because I realized that my mother would have wanted me to do so I would not be embarrassing my family, as I had felt for so many years I would, at last, be telling the story of how our mixed race family moved from the New York metropolitan area to a rural community fearful of change, were attacked savagely, yet found a way to survive.


    4. This book is a memoir of a woman s childhood growing up with a Chinese father and a white mother in a small town in South Dakota, where small town hospitality is not extended to outsiders, foreign devils, Japs or Chinks, all of which they are perceived to be.May lee Chai does a good job of capturing the experience of racism at an age where race doesn t even exist She also weaves in historical events to perhaps explain or at least put into context the behaviors and attitudes of people The last ch [...]


    5. This adult memoir is a little bitter and I m not all that thrilled that I read it Chai is 1 2 Chinese and 1 2 Caucasian She had an ideal childhood in California until she moved to South Dakota and encountered racism She was teased, her dogs were shot, and the locals made their lives miserable Yep, they did And she used grades and her smarts to last her throughout high school But, I thought she was awfully whiny.


    6. This was being passed around our knitting group where some actually remembered the family, since this is set in our town I do believe things are better here 30 some years later.


    7. This is the memoir of a girl whose mom is white and dad is Chinese Her family moved to a small college town in South Dakota and faced racism there not just racism against Asians, but also racism against Native Americans, which her brother was often mistaken for The book is also about her family and farm life there is a whole chapter on cannibal chickens In the end, she concludes that racism is all around the world and not just a South Dakota problem something small town white South Dakotans will [...]


    8. May Lee Chai s likable narrator takes us through her life as a biracial child Chinese father, Irish American mother growing up in a racist South Dakota In the memoir, Chai intertwines her own experiences with the history of Native Americans and others battles with discrimination, hate crimes, etc.The voice is incredibly companionable and the book is both easy to read because of the voice and difficult because of its content A worthwhile pick.


    9. Chai skillfully weaves facts, memories, and experiences into her memoir of being a mixed race Asian girl in a small and racist South Dakota town The historical perspective of discrimination against Asian Americans is excellent Chai s recollections are also touching and interesting, but I couldn t give this book a perfect rating because bitterness still clouds many of her memories, so it ends up sounding very subjective.


    10. Loved the photo of May lee and her pig After reading this, I thought, I m glad we don t live in South Dakota I m saving this for my biracial son to read when he s older, and I m hoping there will be books like this by May lee Chai and others.


    11. 6 10I 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.


    12. I think I really liked it because this is a family who lived in Laramie her father lives in our neighborhood she has moved away.


    13. Read this book, for you will love Winberg and will be just as excited as I was to find his bio on the University of Wyoming website and his Twitter.




    14. Amazing account of growing up biracial in South Dakota in the 80 s and the intense racism the author encountered Excellent read.




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