In the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s, there were few yellow immigrants from Minneapolis/St. Paul; Albert Lea; Mankato; Hibbing; Austin; St. Cloud; and Rochester in Minnesota – mostly all-white communities. I marched in a Chinese dress in the Memorial Day parade, carrying the American flag. Our golden rule: CHIANG KAI SHEK loyalty, no dating whites, and FACE at all costs.
Sta. Monica, CA (Vocus) June 9, 2010
What happens when the Far East meets the Middle West? Author Eleanor Wong Telemaque gives readers a glimpse into the life of a Chinese-American family living in a small Minnesota town in the lighthearted and touching story, It’s Crazy to Stay Chinese in Minnesota.
In this book, the Wings own the Canton, the only Chinese restaurant in a small Minnesota town. Ching, as the only daughter, waits on tables and takes cash. She wants to be wholly American, but if her father can’t send her to the university in the fall, she may have to spend the rest of her life in the restaurant. When Bingo, son of the powerful president of a twin cities tong, spends summer with the Wings, Ching designs a devious plan—to seduce him. If he’ll marry her, then she can escape from her family’s restaurant. But Bingo also has other plans. As the summer wears on, troubles pile up for Ching and her hard-pressed family. Will their problems ever end?
As they try to solve the challenges that come their way, Ching finally learns a few facts about her people, especially about her shy, upright, and softhearted father, and her otherworldly mother. This turns out to be a growing-up summer for Ching. As readers unravel her story, they will soon find out what future awaits her.
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About the Author
“In the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s, there were few yellow immigrants from Minneapolis/St. Paul; Albert Lea; Mankato; Hibbing; Austin; St. Cloud; and Rochester in Minnesota – mostly all-white communities. I marched in a Chinese dress in the Memorial Day parade, carrying the American flag. Our golden rule: CHIANG KAI SHEK loyalty, no dating whites, and FACE at all costs.” – Eleanor Wong Telemaque.
Today, her multiracial extended family include CEO’s, an actor/physical therapist daughter, U.S. Army vets, diplomats, a former Knight Ridder editor now KQED News Director, computer programmers, psychologists and psychiatrists, teachers, a board member of the National Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, health care workers, and community lawyers. Her writings include “Haiti Through Its Holidays” (Blyden Press, New York, New York) and “New York”. She was honored by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission and tied with Jessica Hagedorn for the First Manhattan Borough President’s award for Literature.
It's Crazy to Stay Chinese in Minnesota * by Eleanor Wong Telemaque
Chasing Bingo Tang
Publication Date: September 1, 2000
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