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Memé : the three worlds of an Italian-Chinese New Zealander

Author: Memé Churton
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : David Ling Pub., 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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"Memé is half-Italian and half-Chinese and this unusual combination has coloured her personality and the course of her life. Growing up in Italy, she lived through the rise of Fascism and the Second World War. Next she went to China and found herself in the midst of the Chinese Revolution. Then she travelled to the other side of the world at the invitation of a New Zealand soldier whom she had met at the end of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Bibliography
Named Person: Memé Churton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Memé Churton
ISBN: 9781877378706 1877378704
OCLC Number: 813703651
Notes: "Memé is half-Italian and half-Chinese and this unusual combination has coloured her personality and the course of her life. Growing up in Italy, she lived through the rise of Fascism and the Second World War. Next she went to China and, while working as a diplomat, found herself in the midst of the Chinese Revolution. Then she travelled to the other side of the world at the invitation of a New Zealand soldier whom she had met at the end of the war. Memé was shocked by the curiously old-fashioned and provincial way of life she found in 1950s New Zealand, but for various reasons she stayed, got married, and became involved in a variety of campaigns to enlarge its culture. She managed one of the first dealer art galleries, started one of its first European-style coffee bars, championed international cuisine, promoted fashion for women, and taught Italian language and culture at the University of Auckland. Memé's account offers rich insights into New Zealand social history and entertaining stories about the colourful people with whom she worked and partied"--Back cover.
Description: 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Origins --
2. Father --
3. Boarding school --
4. Life at war --
5. Destiny --
6. Liberation? --
7. Journey to China --
8. Life in Shanghai --
9. Diplomatic life --
10. Paul and Henry --
11. New Zealand --
12. Leave or stay --
13. Years of travel --
14. Life choices --
15. Coffee and fashion --
16. Art and sexual politics --
17. A wedding --
18. A secret life --
19. China: another revolution --
20. Three generations --
21. Past, present, future.
Responsibility: Memé Churton.

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"Memé is half-Italian and half-Chinese and this unusual combination has coloured her personality and the course of her life. Growing up in Italy, she lived through the rise of Fascism and the Second World War. Next she went to China and found herself in the midst of the Chinese Revolution. Then she travelled to the other side of the world at the invitation of a New Zealand soldier whom she had met at the end of the war. Memé was shocked by the curiously old-fashioned and provincial way of life she found in 1950s New Zealand, but for various reasons she stayed, got married, and became involved in a variety of campaigns to enlarge its culture. She managed one of the first dealer art galleries, started one of its first European-style coffee bars, championed international cuisine, promoted fashion for women, and taught Italian language and culture at the University of Auckland. Memé's account offers rich insights into New Zealand social history and entertaining stories about the colourful people with whom she worked and partied."--Cover.

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