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, questions and challenges the dictates of her traditional upbringing. She is an Asian girl, with a western mindset – caught between cultures.
Her love of rock ‘n’ roll takes her into a world of music and mayhem. She falls in love with a dreaded gweilo (white boy) – which is strictly forbidden.
Stu, a scruffy, permanently broke, hippie rock ‘n’ roll muso – with long blond hair, beard, skin-tight ripped jeans and driving a clapped out old rust-bucket of a car, is far from suitable marriage material. Lillie’s mother, hell bent on getting all her children wed to the right people, would certainly not approve of him.
Daria – Lillie’s younger sister is plain, serious, and incredibly fussy, searching for ‘the perfect husband’.
Pete, their younger brother, just can’t get it together. He spends his time drunk, stoned or getting busted by the cops because of his dodgy mates. Chinese girls hate him.
The two teenage girls are watching with great interest.
Will mother succeed in her mission?
Who will find love, fortune or happiness?
A hilarious, heart-warming and incredibly funny tale of growing up ethnic … and the consequences of defying tradition.
About the Author
Colleen Poulter grew up in the turbulent 1970s in a poor ethnic working class suburban neighborhood, one of seven children born within a penniless immigrant family. Her parents were postwar migrants who arrived in New Zealand as children, in debt, fleeing occupation, destitution and civil anarchy in mainland China. By twenty-nine she held a senior executive management position, running a business unit within a major telecommunications corporation, accountable for a revenue stream in excess of $60 million. She relocated to Australia in 1999 recruited into another senior executive management role.
Today, she lives with her family in New South Wales, Australia, and is self-employed as an IT consultant. The Wong Way to Marry is the first in a series of novels providing insightful social and historical commentary.