In 1935, at the age of two, author Nona Mock Wyman was abandoned at the Ming Quong orphanage in Los Gatos, California. In her book Bamboo Women, Wyman tells twenty-one inspiring coming-of-age stories about the lives of her “sisters” at the orphanage, intimately showing how the bonds formed between her and her sisters persisted through life, love, loss, career and family. Wyman’s book offers insight into a little-known world, telling a story of Asian Americans in California both beautiful and painful.
“Beautifully and wrenchingly told, Bamboo Women is a courageous look into a little-known world, and an affirmation of the human spirit.”—Karin Evans, author of The Lost Daughters of China
“Nona Mock Wyman tells an essential San Francisco Bay Area Chinatown story that has resided too long in the dark recesses of painful memories.” — William Wang, author of Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America
Bamboo Women intimately weaves personal stories that refresh our understanding of home, community, and family.” — Roy Chan, Director, Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project
About the Author
Nona Mock Wyman is the author of Chopstick Childhood (In a Land of Silver Spoons). She lives in Walnut Creek, California.
Nona Mock Wyman’s website.