24 Nov 2019

Rose Lu - All Who Live on Islands

From Standing Room Only, 1:44 pm on 24 November 2019
Rose Lu

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Wellington writer Rose Lu examines big issues - the migrant experience, gender, mental health and class - through the lens of intimate personal stories in her first collection of essays, All Who Live on Islands

We meet Rose's family, three generations of Chinese migrants all with strong personalities and opinions.  For some, New Zealand is home, while many of the elder family members still yearn for China.  

In All Who Live on Islands, Rose also writes about her work as a software developer, trekking in Nepal and friendship.

There are also forthright essays about sex, sexuality and mental health - issues, Rose says, that are too often not talked about in Chinese families.

Lynn Freeman asked Rose Lu if she had to really think about inviting strangers into her and her family's life:

All Who Live On Islands by Rose Lu is published by Victoria University Press.