Walking in more than one world, Paula Morris

Being Chinese
Helene Wong
Bridget Williams Books, $40.00,
ISBN 9780947492380

Going Places: Migration, Economics and the Future of New Zealand
Julie Fry and Hayden Glass
BWB Texts, $15.00, ISBN 9780947492694

The First Migration: Maori Origins 3000BC – AD1450
Atholl Anderson
BWB Texts, $15.00, ISBN 9780947492793

Home: Here to Stay
Mere Kēpa, Marilyn McPherson and Linitā Manu’atu (eds)
Huia, $45.00, ISBN 9781775502081

Helene Wong’s engrossing memoir, Being Chinese, begins in 1980, when she travels to China with her parents to visit her father’s ancestral village in the southern province of Guangdong. There, the girl from Taihape, the grocer’s daughter who grew up taking ballet and elocution lessons, reading Enid Blyton, eating dry meat and lumpy mashed potatoes at weddings, and starring in sweary capping revues at Victoria University with Roger Hall and John Clarke, finds something surprising in the muddy and “primitive” village: a profound sense of connection.


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