GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Nine

- 34 - CHAPTER NINE I encountered another Chinese tradition related to brother’s wedding. And that was the overt display, especially at the main entrance to the house, of the Chinese character luck, turned upside down, confusing to a kid like me, just learning to read and write Chinese. I thought somebody might have committed … Continue reading GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Nine

GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Eight

- 29 - CHAPTER EIGHT Born and raised in a traditional Chinese family, we grew up to accept that filial piety meant total submission to higher authorities, your parents; their words and decisions absolute, non-negotiable, indisputable, like a command from the emperor. And our parents, in their eternal wisdom, chose the mate for you for … Continue reading GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Eight

GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Seven

- 25 - CHAPTER SEVEN The family was trying to recuperate from the devastation of the war. Our resources depleted. Financially ruined. Forget any access to a medical doctor. Or western medicine. I was a little kid. It happened after the Japanese exodus from Malaya. Family members sensed something wasn’t right with me. “You are … Continue reading GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Seven

GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Six

- 21 - CHAPTER SIX Obviously, having a private opium smoking tutor to teach me the fundamentals of Confucius’ philosophical ideas since age six hadn’t informed or affected my character, they concluded. That meant I did not learn anything from my tutor. What mother and brother did not know was the fact the tutor did … Continue reading GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Six

GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Three

    - 8 - CHAPTER THREE I was born in Malaya and spent the formative years of my life there. It is surrounded bythe Philippines to the east, Indonesia to the west (and southwest), Thailand to the north and Singapore to the south, the Malay Peninsula—or Malaya—is strategically located in the heart of Southeast … Continue reading GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Three

GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Two

- 5 - CHAPTER TWO About a thousand poor souls speaking various dialects from the region around Fuzhou, heard the clarion call but, because of the unpredictability of the shipping schedules and the impossibility of gathering everybody together in one spot and feeding them while awaiting the arrival of a ship, fewer than five hundred, … Continue reading GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter Two

GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter One (Will be available at Amazon.com some time in December 2017)

GROWING UP CHINESE by Stephen Ling  2017  PREFACE The book actually started as stories of my upbringing in a poverty-stricken village in Malaya (now Malaysia) that I would share with friends and guests at my American home in Washington State. In the words of a dear friend, “Growing Up Chinese is a story of the … Continue reading GROWING UP CHINESE – Chapter One (Will be available at Amazon.com some time in December 2017)