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Reinventing Myself by Writing About Chinese American History

After a 40 year career in academia as a professor of psychology entering retirement and with more time to reflect, I returned to a question that I had avoided many times during my life, namely, how do I, as a second-generation Chinese American fit in a predominantly black and white society. I  grew up in Macon, Georgia, where our family operated a laundry during the years before the  civil rights era.  We were the only Chinese in town, so it was difficult for me to understand who I was, ethnically speaking. Even after we moved to San Francisco when I was an adolescent, it was still difficult for me to know what it meant to be a Chinese American because I was so different from the San Francisco Chinese who had lived so closely among other Chinese all of their lives.  Then just as I was 'becoming' Chinese American, I moved to other places where  few Chinese lived, so I had to just forget about or neglect my "Chinese-ness" and concentrate on my career development.  I focused on being a color-neutral 'person.'

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I can't wait to read your books

I just discovered you here on Red Room, and am really interested in your work.I just sent links to two other authors on Red Room, Trina Robbins and Belle Yang, about your book, Sweet and Sour.

Isn't it interesting how we come full circle as far as exploring our identities and histories, when our branches reach as high in the sky as they will in this life, we start to reflect and trace our roots.

Happy Chinese New Year, 2010, next week.

Thanks for being on Red Room!

Ivory Madison
Founder and CEO, Red Room

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Many thanks!

Hello Ivory,

First, thank YOU for your creativity in helping authors with this amazing Red Room! 

Secondly, thanks for your 'comment' and I was indeed flattered and honored to receive your generous comments and support of my writing. 

As an aside, I am wondering if there is any easy way that Red Room can send an alert to authors when a Comment is made.  I know I don't typically check for comments (not expecting any), and it could easily have been months before I ever realized that I had received any.