Through a Window

Graham 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:
Through a Window

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“Never the typical Chinese family” is Graham Chan's description of his family. Graham's mother was born in Britain and could not speak nor understand Cantonese. Graham's father owns a restaurant, can speak Cantonese and English, but never wanted Graham or his mother to work in their family business. Graham and his siblings do not speak nor understand Cantonese. He recounts the story of his parents' childhood and how their family got to Britain, and tells of his efforts to learn how to speak Cantonese. He talks about his experiences when he went to Hong Kong for a work assignment and then notes of the crippling effects of not being able to speak Cantonese as well as the difficulties he had in combining the two cultures, British and Chinese.

Keywords: Chinese family; Graham Chan; Britain; Cantonese; English; Hong Kong

Chapter.  7843 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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