Being Chinese

It’s so true that I have finished two books, The Jade Rubies, and A Long Way to Death Row, From many years of candid interviews with Charles Chi-tat Ng  and they are now both on for sale.  Even though it’s done, I wish that I felt that I had accomplished something.  After all, I know it’s not easy to write a book.  Maybe it’s because I couldn’t find one well-known agent or publisher who would take it on — there was always one excuse or another and to us writers, all we had to do is find that one person who believed in what we wrote and was willing to take a chance, but somehow through the years, it didn’t happen.  Just absolutely no luck. That’s why today I am thankful that we can self publish.  My two books deal with the human condition and what we are faced with in life.  The first is that we are Chinese and no matter where we live, that never changes.  I know this because when I was young, I wanted to work in the U.S. and when I applied for a visa, they told me I had to go under the Chinese quota. I asked the immigration officer, why?  After all, I have never been to China and was born in Canada.  He said it didn’t matter and I knew what that meant: no chance at all for me to enter America for years.  So I was discouraged.  Now I hear about illegal immigrants who just walk over the border, get a job and can stay.  Times have changed but I wonder if it has for the Chinese?    


About valerieleeworks

Author of The Jade Rubies and A Long Way to Death Row, from many years of candid interviews with Charles Chi-tat Ng
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One Response to Being Chinese

  1. Guess I had forgotten that someone did believe in my writings before and hired me — it was a local newspaper editor in Los Gatos — those days were really fun — I did enjoy brainstorming with other writers but after awhile the newspaper folded and I was old — I learned a lot from the editor himself and he said “Never give up.” Wish I knew where he is now.

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