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Growing up with Ghosts

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She is Chinese, he is Punjabi. It is 1966. Loh Siew Yoke and Surinder Singh fall in love and marry but face opposition from their families. Their first child brings peace, but tragedy soon strikes.

Haunted by the untimely death of her father, Malaysian writer Bernice Chauly embarks on a journey to unravel the mystery surrounding a curse that is thought to have plagued her f
Paperback, 335 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Matahari Books (first published September 15th 2011)
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Nov 03, 2012 Lia rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book but I can't recommend it. In summary it really sounds like something I would be into: Chauly traces three generations of her Punjabi & Chinese family through narrative as well as primary and secondary source material including letters, journal entries and newspaper clippings, touching (slightly) on the political and historical context surrounding the lives of her ancestors. I love memoir, I love family sagas, I love politics, I love exploring racial identities and ...more
Lyla Ibrahim
Oct 04, 2011 Lyla Ibrahim rated it really liked it
I think it was amazing. Bernice Chauly told the story of her parents from their own words, and little of hers. Much of the originality of the story is kept this way. I liked reading all the letters and journal entries transcribed in the book. Some of them have lengthy description that I don't really like but nevertheless, this is a great memoir. Read this!!!
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Sebuah buku yang barangkali adalah jawapan kepada pesoalan kenapa masyarakat Malaysia boleh tinggal dalam kepelbagaian kaum.
Eleena Bakrie
very mystical and enlightening in several ways. went through the book really quickly because i was excited about the culture laid thick within the writing really. happy i read it.
Azura Mustafa
Dec 01, 2012 Azura Mustafa rated it it was amazing
It took Bernice Chauly 23 years to finish her 'Growing Up With Ghosts'. Such a wonderful biography, credit to her, I enjoyed every single page of the book
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Bernice Chauly is a Malaysian writer, poet and educator. Born in George Town, Penang to Chinese-Punjabi teachers, she read Education, TESL and English Literature in Canada as a government scholar. For over 20 years, she has worked extensively in the creative industries as a writer, teacher, photographer, actor and filmmaker and has won multiple awards for her work and her contribution to the arts ...more
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