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The Wong Way To Marry

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Your ordinary, average, suburban, extended, post-war immigrant Chinese family - steeped in tradition and old-fashioned family values.

This is Lillie's story - their second daughter. Feisty, independent and unlike her compliant older sister Jane, Lillie questions and challenges the dictates of her traditional upbringing. An Asian girl, with a western mindset - caught between
Paperback, 418 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Sid Harta
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Sep 09, 2013 Philia rated it liked it
I picked this up at the library. A pleasant reading but a touch too long and clumsy. Girlie themes about dating the right man and getting married, but there's also lots of references about cars, rock n roll bands from the era that I have little knowledge about.

I like the 70s and it was interesting to read about that era with a Kiwi touch, interesting to know that fish and chip cost $1, dossing cost around $7-10, and learning new vocabulary like 'chill bin"! Of course, the story was mainly revol
Jul 22, 2015 Jane rated it liked it
I would actually give this 3.5 stars. Growing up in the 70s/80s, albeit a bit younger than these characters and in Australia, not New Zealand, I really enjoyed this story about the lifestyle and characters of the time. Song names/lyrics had me singing them in my head and I loved references to music groups like Split Enz. I could just picture a person like the main character Stu. Once I got into the characters a bit, it had me smiling through every page. It was all very real and nice to have a ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Picked this up from the library on a whim. Not bad but a touch too long with the story diffused amongst too many characters. The writing is often clumsy but there are moments of good humour. I really enjoyed the setting (late 1970's in New Zealand)

Unfortunately it suffers in comparison to Benjamin Law's The Family Law
Aug 12, 2014 Sally rated it it was ok
I liked the 70's setting and the pop culture references that came with that decade and I also liked the New Zealand backdrop. I would have liked the first generation Chinese/Kiwi story but it seemed stereotypical in some instances or perhaps it was that it was to shallow in its treatment of the storyline and given that other than the time and place this (heritage) was the main point of difference to all other girl meets boy coming of age type story it was disappointing.
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