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In Search of Lin Jia Zhuang

Milan L. Lin-Rodrigo

in Cultural Curiosity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223400
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924918 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223400.003.0004
In Search of Lin Jia Zhuang

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Milan L. Lin-Rodrigo had a hard time growing up as a Chinese in Sri Lanka, and tells of the racism she experienced in the said country. Her mother was a local, respectable, Tamil Hindu and her father was a Chinese vendor, although their marriage did not succeed. Milan narrates of her discoveries of being a Chinese-Tamil, and its advantages and disadvantages. She also talks about her journey to China to meet her half-sister and then details her visit to her father's ancestral village, Lin Jia Zhuang. Milan tells of the numerous communication failures, culture clashes, and misunderstandings between her and her relatives during her visit to China. She discusses the realizations brought to her by her visit to China.

Keywords: Milan Lin-Rodrigo; Chinese; Sri Lanka; racism; Tamil Hindu; Lin Jia Zhuang; China

Chapter.  8151 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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