Chasing Memory




Copyright © 2021 by Lily Owyang
ISBN: 978-1-941066-49-2
Wordrunner Press
118 pages, perfect bound
5.25 x 8.0 inches
$12.95, paperback; $4.99, kindle

In the 2010 edition of Chasing Memory, Lily Siao Owyang included the dramatic events that made her a refugee from China as an infant, a prisoner of war in the Philippines during WWII, and an immigrant to New York City at age eleven, when she arrived in 1948 with a scholarship to study piano at the Juilliard School of Music. She also wrote about growing up with her younger brother and widowed mother in New York’s Lower East Side, her career and marriage, her mother’s death, becoming a grandmother, and the ongoing struggle to navigate both Chinese and American culture.

In this expanded second edition, the author, now in her eighties and a widow herself, reflects further upon the personal and professional challenges of life as a Chinese-American woman. Her stories explore the familiar questions and complex experiences of identity, belonging, and acceptance, and how the act of chasing memory continues to shape and direct her life.

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