C Fong Hsiung
Following the India-China war of 1962, the Chinese Indians
(the Hakka), fearing suspicion and hostility, begin to
emigrate. In Picture Bride, set during a period of
changing times and changing values, twenty-year-old Jillian Wu leaves Calcutta to
marry a man she has never met—Peter Chou, also a Hakka—with
much anticipation, only to discover that he is gay. Forced
by her husband to keep up the charade of a “normal”
marriage, and pressured by her in-laws to have a child, she
flees back to Calcutta, only to be disowned by her
conservative family. A moving story with political
overtones, Picture Bride confronts the politics of
family, culture, and women's rights.
"Even when description is sparse, the minimalist writing still paints a vivid picture. The emotional heft of Jillian's confusion, her adjustments, her courage and fear is borne out fantastically. The way our protagonist's immigration experience is framed, from Peter threatening her with her immigration status to the journey back home for the first time, is grounded from a reality. Also though I'm familiar with Chinese Indians, I really enjoy how bits and pieces of Hakka culture is given here."
— Galactic Tides, blog
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-927494-39-4
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Publication Date: September 2014
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