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The eighth promise : an American son's tribute to his Toisanese mother

Author: William Poy Lee
Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A memoir of the Chinese American immigrant experience and the relationship between a mother and son, in which the mother makes eight promises to her mother before she leaves China, and instills the final one, to live with compassion toward all, into her son.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
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Lee, William Poy, 1950-
Eighth promise.
[Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, ©2007
(OCoLC)608408865
Named Person: William Poy Lee; William Poy Lee; William Poy Lee
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Poy Lee
ISBN: 159486456X 9781594864568 1594868115 9781594868115
OCLC Number: 71322142
Description: xx, 315 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue: A return to the village --
Part I: Source (1930-1950) --
One story, two voices --
Ancestral home --
The butterflies of death --
The clan sisterhood --
Go-between man --
Lucky day --
Poy Jen makes eight promises --
Crossing three rivers --
Part II: The new land (1951-1963) --
Red egg day --
Mrs. Ransom's forty-eight steaks --
The soup du jour is ch'i --
Ragtag boy scouts --
The Toisan rules for husbands --
Bogie's man --
Two buses daily --
Visitors wear masks --
Right feeling --
Part III: Initiations (1964-1972) --
Speaking in tongues --
Benevolent and protective --
New yellow peril --
The troubles --
All-American high school --
Grandmother smiles --
Tremors --
First son goes to university --
Clouds --
Part IV: Chaos under heaven (1972-1978) --
Speaking in circles --
Wailing wall --
Rub the hard-boiled egg --
Healing rites --
Talking about bad things brings them back --
The season of ten thousand sorrows --
Mothering all the children --
Inside moves --
Dead stop --
Blues spiral --
Part V: Renewal (1979-1983) --
Rage under a mother's gaze --
Angels of light and slam dancers --
Quilt --
A private victory --
Epilogue --
Author: A millennial Chinese New Year in Toisan --
Poy Jen: Choosing America --
Author: An American promise.
Responsibility: William Poy Lee.
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