Bridget Williams Books, $40.00,
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 3000 BC – AD 1450
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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