Ching Chong China Girl

Ching Chong China Girl

Helene Chung / Jan 21, 2020

Ching Chong China Girl Warning Not to be read by convent girls not wearing their gloves Ching Chong Chinaman girls taunted Helene Chung in her Catholic school playground An Australian born Chinese growing up in s Hobart

  • Title: Ching Chong China Girl
  • Author: Helene Chung
  • ISBN: 9780733322914
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • Warning Not to be read by convent girls not wearing their gloves Ching Chong Chinaman girls taunted Helene Chung in her Catholic school playground An Australian born Chinese growing up in 1950s Hobart, Helene not only dealt with being different from her blonde haired, blue eyed classmates but suffered the shame of having divorced parents And she kept a shocking secretWarning Not to be read by convent girls not wearing their gloves Ching Chong Chinaman girls taunted Helene Chung in her Catholic school playground An Australian born Chinese growing up in 1950s Hobart, Helene not only dealt with being different from her blonde haired, blue eyed classmates but suffered the shame of having divorced parents And she kept a shocking secret her mother, Miss Henry, was a nude model, who also lived in sin with a foreign devil and drove a red MG.Surviving the embarrassment of childhood, Helene discovered the thrill of the theatre, fell into journalism and travelled the world She became the first non white reporter on Australian TV and the first female posted abroad by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Ching Chong China Girl is filled with honesty, humour, love and loss, and gives insight into life that traverses cultures East and West.

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    590 Comments

    1. I have to admit my attention wavered throughout this book. I only persevered because another review mentioned the big family secret revealed at the end of the book - which made me keep going. I didn't always feel an emotional connection with Chung as she ran through a linear account of her life. Perhaps there was a generational gap too, with her auntie-like obsession with family gossip and (at times) unwavering academic detail to the nth degree. Her visit to Toishan did strike a chord but I expe [...]


    2. I found this a mixed read, at times interesting and at times mildly boring – a bit like most people’s lives, really.Chung describes her experiences growing up with an Asian exterior in Tasmania (she is second generation Australia but calls herself fourth generation Tasmanian); she says ”Like a banana, I deceived: my Asian body masked my Western soul. My yellow skin had to be peeled back before anyone could taste my white flesh.” I found that interesting, and in many ways this struggle de [...]


    3. Helene certainly owes a debt to the bohemians her mother met - who could rise above the racist and sexist attitudes prevalent in 50s and 60s Tasmania. All through the book it was a toss-up whether to keep reading or quit - the detailed family gossip was a drag but there was some incisive content towards the end, which serves to condemn the small minded attitudes of both the chinese and the anglo communities of the time. In the last chapter Helene unveils her big family secret, which could only b [...]



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