55 Bamboo Lettering
Three authors, who could be labelled “Chinese Canadian” if you were keen to apply labels, talk about the tension between avoiding your heritage and embracing your heritage. Ling Zhang, who has lived in Canada for 25 years, has just published a saga chronicling five generations of a Chinese family lured to Canada by the promise of a better life. Jen Sookfong Lee’s new novel is set in Vancouver’s Chinatown, with a protagonist named Danny Lim, whose challenges are not restricted by his bloodlines. And Kevin Chong, who has asserted that he doesn’t want to write “books with bamboo lettering on the cover,” has written a novel about a Vancouver Asian-Canadian struggling with a hyphenated cultural identity. How big a shadow does your family tree cast on your fictional subjects?
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