Ears Attuned to Two Cultures

Henry Chan

in Cultural Curiosity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223400
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924918 | DOI:
Ears Attuned to Two Cultures

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Henry Chan is a Chinese who lives in New Zealand. He narrates of how his family moved out of China to settle permanently in New Zealand. although his two sisters stayed in Guangzhou to take care of their grandmother. Henry describes some of the ugly behavior of his father and blames him for the death of his mother. He spent the last three years of his high school days in a foster home, where he was given the love and encouragement that he had missed in his Chinese home. Henry's father died before his university graduation and before he could reconcile with him. Henry pursued postgraduate studies in Chinese history and began Chinese-language studies. He then reunited with his sister and made several visits to some of their relatives. Henry explains the importance of sustaining old Chinese roots while nourishing new roots, wherever they may be planted in the future.

Keywords: Henry Chan; New Zealand; China; Guangzhou; foster home; Chinese home; Chinese roots

Chapter.  6879 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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