Ying Ma Gives Book Talk about Chinese Girl in the Ghetto

Carmichael Presbyterian Church, February 25, 2012

Ying Ma delivered her latest book talk about Chinese Girl in the Ghetto at Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael, California. The event took place last Saturday and was the first in the church’s lecture series on “Connecting with Our World.”

To view the lecture, please click here or use the player below.


National Review Online Syposium Recommends “Chinese Girl in the Ghetto” for Summer Reading

National Review Online, July 1, 2011

National Review Online (NRO) recommended Ying Ma’s Chinese Girl in the Ghetto for its “What to Read this Summer” Symposium.

NRO’s John Derbyshire wrote the following:

“For a Chinese memoir, read Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, by Ying Ma. Ying Ma was born in South China in the late 1970s, shortly after the death of Mao Tse-tung and the end of the Cultural Revolution. Her brief memoir is in two parts. The first deals with her Chinese childhood up to age eight or nine. Then she immigrates to America with her parents and settles in the Oakland ghetto. The second half of her book tells of her experiences as an Asian immigrant living among America’s urban poor. Though unremarkable in themselves, those experiences are told with a simplicity and frankness that make them stick in the mind. Ying Ma is particularly unsparing on the casual racism of ghetto blacks: a taboo topic in polite society, but common currency in the conversation of Chinese immigrants. The book’s strongest impression, though, is of the stoical toughness of the author and her family, a toughness constrained and civilized by the ancient humanist tradition of their homeland. Tigers indeed; but with the hearts and sensibilities of philosophers.”

Chinese Girl in the Ghetto is available on Amazon.com in paperback and for kindle.