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Well Water Woman

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Well Water Woman is the personal narrative of a Chinese American female who explores and reconstructs her journey from girlhood to womanhood. Two generations of memories are explored in an attempt to piece together snippets of information about the life of their predecessor, the paternal grandmother she never met but whose living legacy she embodies. This short memoir expl ...more
Paperback, 54 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Gloria Ng
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Gloria Piper
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Think of Well as depth. Think of Water as the female principle, in all its aspects.
Having been born in Hong Kong, Ng is the daughter in a traditional family who settled in San Francisco. From early in life, she chafes at their double standard that favors boys over girls. Girls are supposed to be weak, good only for producing sons. With that in mind, she determines to think of herself as a man, strong and independent. She clashes with her parents, particularly her mother.
The paternal grandmother
Donna Cummins
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Well Water Woman is an inspirational story of a Chinese-American girl who struggles to find self-identity and place in a society and culture much different from that of her ancestors. Nevertheless, she seeks to draw from the experiences and characteristics of those ancestors, particularly her Grandmother, in defining her own self. Paralleling this theme are her endeavors to find self-worth as a female in a culture that honors and respects the male gender while denigrating women.

The memoir opens
Kathryn Dionne
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well Water Women is an interesting look into the life and culture of author Gloria Ng. The story gives a peek into her struggles and victories growing up female in a traditional asian culture where men seem to be more highly revered. Throughout her childhood the bias favoritism of her elders toward her brother force her to rebel. But in doing so she learns to embrace her feminine and spiritual side, and finally realizes her own value, gifts, and strengths.

I found this story to be beautifully wri
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Gloria Ng is an Oakland-based mother of three who writes on Owl Time. Her work has appeared in anthologies, including YELL-Oh Girls! (HarperCollins, 2001) Seeing the lack of bilingual books to read to her children, she created the Mama Gloria Chinese-English Bilingual Books series.

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