The Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to partner with the Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre, and the Chinese Canadian National Council (Ottawa Chapter) to present:
Why Would People Want to Move to a Strange Country Like Canada?
A book reading by Denise Chong, author of Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
4 to 6 p.m.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre
Fauteux Hall – FTX570 (5th Floor)
(57 Louis-Pasteur, uOttawa)
The presentation will be in English.
RSVP at HRREC@uOttawa.ca
About Denise Chong
Denise Chong, an internationally-published author, has straddled two worlds: writing and public service. Trained as an economist, she began her writing life after a career in the federal finance department and the office of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, where she served as senior economic advisor. Her family memoir, The Concubine’s Children (1994), called “beautiful, haunting and wise” by the New York Times Book Review, was a Globe and Mail best seller for 93 weeks; Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance (2013), is a follow-up narrative that explores the exile, loneliness and tenacity of a handful of Chinese who left China and forged lives in small-town Canada, ultimately settling in eastern Ontario. A two-time finalist for the Governor-General’s literary award, she is also the author of Egg on Mao (2009), about a bus mechanic’s defiance during the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square, and The Girl in the Picture, about the “napalm girl” of the iconic photograph from the Vietnam War. Recognized for writing books “that raise our social consciousness”, she holds four honorary doctorates and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
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