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Model Minority Gone Rogue : How an unfulfilled daughter of a tiger mother went way off script - Qin Qin

Model Minority Gone Rogue

How an unfulfilled daughter of a tiger mother went way off script

By: Qin Qin

Paperback | 27 March 2024 | Edition Number 1

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We all grow up with rules. Do this, be this, don't be that. Qin Qin was all about the rules: do your homework, be good, don't rock the boat. She was the model daughter, model student and model minority.

But doing everything right? It made her lost and miserable. So she decided to take a spectacular risk and change everything.

At 23, Qin Qin was an unhappy overachiever working for a prestigious law firm. So she quit. She didn't know what else was out there, but she wanted to find out. She changed paths, changed countries, changed her entire view of what the world could be, and who she could be - with some primal screaming and tree-hugging along the way.

In the process, she discovered the person she truly was, not who she thought she should be.

Model Minority Gone Rogue is a funny, sad, exhilarating and thought-provoking true story about what happens when you want to live life on your own terms, even when those terms go against everything you've ever known. It's a story of what happens when you choose love over fear and honour your authentic self: life can be bigger and brighter than anything you had ever imagined.

About the Author

Lisa Qin was born in Guiyang and grew up in Canberra as a first-generation Chinese-Australian. She started her career at five years old, as a model minority poster child - learning piano, violin and doing maths homework. By 29, she was a Harvard graduate with four degrees working for the United Nations.

Since veering off-script after a quarter-life crisis, she realised life wasn't an exam to ace. That gave her the courage to pursue her own path. She was recognised for her work and named a 40 under 40: Most Influential Asian Australian in 2020 and a past winner of the Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award.

Lisa lives in Canberra with her husband James and dog Oprah. After recovering from her internet and technology addiction, she rediscovered her love of writing. She was shortlisted for Penguin Australia's 2021 Write It Fellowship and granted a residency at Varuna The National Writers' House in 2023.

Lisa continues unlearning social expectations, healing from trauma and limiting beliefs, and figuring out what she is doing with her life.

Her life mission is to live consciously with love, towards a more peaceful and sustainable world.
Industry Reviews
'Qin Qin is a living example of the adage: screw things up, thoughtfully. With every chapter of her story, she illuminates an alternative model to the corrosive stories we've taken on and been told about what we should be, rather than who we could be. Read this and feel yourself untangle and unknot.' - Benjamin Law, author, journalist and broadcaster

'Model Minority Gone Rogue is about finding yourself against the expectations your parents, society and gender set out for you and courageously venturing into uncharted terrain ... It is illuminating, generous and full of gutsy hard-won wisdom.' - Alice Pung, bestselling author of Unpolished Gem

'I wish this book had existed when I was growing up. It will shock you, move you and educate you. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about the experience of being an Australian of Chinese heritage.' - Sue-Lin Wong, award-winning The Economist correspondent and The Prince podcast host

'Bold and frequently surprising, Qin Qin brings the same challenge to her readers as she has for her hard-won identity: grow, love and question everything! Model Minority Gone Rogue is a book for anyone who has ever screamed on the inside, with powerful and unyielding observations on sex, race, the body and feminism.' -Cadance Bell, author and TV producer, writer and director

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