New Book Tells Compelling Memoir of a Taiwanese Immigrant Family

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Author James J. Ong chronicles the struggles and success of the most engaging and memorable members of his clan

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Cranes Among Chickens is a compelling memoir about a Taiwanese family, with tales of immigrants and pioneers, of ambition and rebellion, of three generations spanning one hundred years, two continents, five countries, and three wars. This family saga mirrors a tumultuous period in history as Taiwan transitioned from a 19th century backwater to a 21st century economic powerhouse. These collected stories – drawn from diaries, letters, oral accounts, and the author’s recollections of his own journey to American citizenship and professional acclaim – provide a candid portrait of a remarkable family that has endured great change and overcome numerous challenges.

In this book, author James J. Ong, MD, a Taiwanese-American physician, chronicles the struggles and successes of some of the most engaging and memorable members of his clan, such as his foot bound, illiterate grandmother and his headstrong father (a chicken farmer who later became a personal computer entrepreneur). Dr. Ong also recounts his own unlikely journey from awkward teenage immigrant to an outspoken and highly renowned cardiologist.

It also features alternating chapters written from the first-person perspective of five very different and uniquely compelling narrators. Set against a historical backdrop of great social and political turmoil, these interlinked lives encompass nearly 100 years of various regime changes and wars, illnesses, tragic deaths, political persecution, female oppression, and physical and mental abuse. It is a story of personal sacrifice and tragedy, courage and ambition, as well as unexpected humor, a tale that highlights the strengths of the human spirit and the human capacity to not only survive, but to triumph against all odds. In other words, it’s a unique take on the American Dream.

Dr. Ong wields the pen of a historian, an ethnographer, and a detective as he weaves an absorbing account that reads like fiction. These collected stories – drawn from diaries, letters, oral accounts, and the author’s recollections of his own journey to American citizenship and professional acclaim – provide readers with a candid portrait of a remarkable family.

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About the Author
James J. Ong, M.D. was born in Taiwan and moved to southern California with his family as a young teenager. He did his undergraduate work at U.C. Berkeley, graduated from U.C. San Diego School of Medicine, and now practices as a cardiologist. Dr. Ong lives in Los Angeles with his wife Linda and their three children, Christina, Tiffany, and Alexander. His hobbies include world travel, music, genealogy, history, and collecting antiques, rare stamps, and coins.
Cranes Among Chickens * by James J. Ong, MD
Chronicles of an Immigrant Family
Publication Date: May 3, 2012
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 625 pages; 978-1-4691-5382-7
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 625 pages; 978-1-4691-5383-4
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4691-5384-1
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