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The Wong Way to Marry : Sex, Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll At Its Best - C. A. Poulter

The Wong Way to Marry

Sex, Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll At Its Best


Published: 1st October 2008
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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, 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.


A 70s romance in NZ


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 "normal" romance from a "normal" couple instead of a Hollywood inspired one.



Fun Read


A good easy read - not exactly what I expected from the cover , thought it was going to be a rock and roll epic about a penny lane type character ,but more a fun story of ggrowing up in NZ in a particular era



Excellent read


Excellent book set in NZ in the era of sex, drugs and rock n roll. Great read about a NZ raised chinese decent torn between her parents culture and the emerging liberation and freedom of woman in NZ.



The Wong Way to Marry

4.0 3


ISBN: 9781921362255
ISBN-10: 1921362251
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 418
Published: 1st October 2008
Publisher: Sid Harta Publishers
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.5  x 2.300