Inside the Oy Quong Laundry

Kathleen Kong Wing tells the story of her life with humor and pathos in her memoir, Inside the Oy Quong Laundry, co-written with her daughter Caroline Wing Greenlee, a noted poet, author, photographer, educator and publisher who resides in California. In a matter-of-fact way, Kathleen relates the story of growing up in Merced, California, as a Chinese-American in the early to mid-twentieth century. Her gracious acceptance of the hostility and prejudice against the Chinese make the impact that much more powerful. That was just the way it was. No crying over spilled milk. One of the funniest lines in the book was under the section titled “Marriage,” on page 136. She related the way Chinese viewed marriage at the time: “Whoever is a available who’s not too obnoxious, that’s who you get.” Soul mates? Are you kidding me? Kathleen’s daughter Carolyn did a masterful job of capturing her mother’s voice. After I finished reading, I felt I knew Kathleen. I understood her and I liked her. I highly recommend this book. Here is a link to order Inside the Oy Quong Laundry.

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