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Cultural CuriosityThirteen Stories about the Search for Chinese Roots$
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Josephine Khu

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223400

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223400.001.0001

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In Search of Lin Jia Zhuang

In Search of Lin Jia Zhuang

(p.58) In Search of Lin Jia Zhuang
Cultural Curiosity

Milan L. Lin-Rodrigo

University of California Press

Milan L. Lin-Rodrigo had a hard time growing up as a Chinese in Sri Lanka, and tells of the racism she experienced in the said country. Her mother was a local, respectable, Tamil Hindu and her father was a Chinese vendor, although their marriage did not succeed. Milan narrates of her discoveries of being a Chinese-Tamil, and its advantages and disadvantages. She also talks about her journey to China to meet her half-sister and then details her visit to her father's ancestral village, Lin Jia Zhuang. Milan tells of the numerous communication failures, culture clashes, and misunderstandings between her and her relatives during her visit to China. She discusses the realizations brought to her by her visit to China.

Keywords:   Milan Lin-Rodrigo, Chinese, Sri Lanka, racism, Tamil Hindu, Lin Jia Zhuang, China

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