Karuna’s story

On the depths of a mother’s love
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June 2021, no. 432
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One Hundred Days by Alice Pung

Black Inc., $32.99 pb, 256 pp

Karuna’s story

On the depths of a mother’s love
by
June 2021, no. 432

It’s difficult to describe what it’s like to be raised in a Chinese family, especially when you are surrounded by markers of Western society. There is no such thing as talking back to your parents or refusing to do what they say. As a child, I never went to sleepovers. During my teenage and young adult years, I felt increasingly trapped in my own home. Everything I did was scrutinised; my parents never seemed to take into account my wants or needs. I found myself grasping for any scrap of independence, usually through lying or stealing or a combination of the two. As children, we are continually told that adults do things to protect us, especially when they are things we don’t particularly like. But when does protection morph into something uglier? When does it smother us, as if our agency has been stripped from us?

Yen-Rong Wong reviews 'One Hundred Days' by Alice Pung

One Hundred Days

by Alice Pung

Black Inc., $32.99 pb, 256 pp

Buy this book

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