Adoption East and West 被收養的童年
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong
Through their recent work, Shelley Wood and Kit Ying Chan explore how one’s childhood impacts forming their adult life, relationships, and life experience based on the themes on birth, adoption and survival. Wood’s bestselling debut novel, The Quintland Sisters, is an impeccably researched work of epistolary fiction which unravels the tragic mystery of the Dionne Quintuplets, the world’s first surviving set of quintuplets, whose fame and celebrity status came at a steep cost. Hidden Treasures is Chan’s memoir of her time in Nanning, China, at the height of the infant abandonment crisis in the 1990s that resulted from the country’s one child policy. It documents her journey, from the first baby she nursed back to health to establishing a home for abandoned babies. This session will be moderated by Erica Lyons.
Shelley Wood和陳潔瑩最近的作品均探討了一個人童年時候的遭遇如何形成他們的成年生活、人際關係和生活經歷。Wood最暢銷的首部小說《The Quintland Sisters》是一部經過精雕細琢的書信體作品，Wood揭開了世界上第一批倖存的五胞胎姊妹悲慘而神秘的面紗——「名聲」的代價令她們失去了童年和正常生活的機會。而《Hidden Treasures》是陳潔瑩在中國南寧的回憶錄。因為國家的獨生子女政策，20世紀90年代成為了嬰兒被遺棄的高峰期。它記錄了從她養護的第一個嬰兒到為被遺棄嬰兒建立家園的旅程。本活動將由Erica Lyons主持。
Shelley Wood’s short stories have appeared in a range of Canadian and international journals and have won her the Frank McCourt prize for Creative Nonfiction, Freefall Magazine’s fiction prize, and Causeway Lit’s award for creative nonfiction.
Kit Ying Chan is the Director of Services at Mother’s Choice, overseeing the organisation’s services for children, youth, and families.