Listen to the Squawking Chicken

Listen to the Squawking Chicken

When Mother Knows Best, What's A Daughter to Do? A Memoir (Sort Of)

eBook - 2014
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Nine life lessons from Elaine "Lainey Gossip" Lui's mother, the Chinese Squawking Chicken, as Elaine lovingly calls her. A wonderful mother-daughter memoir full of seemingly radical parenting advice that got results! When Elaine Lui was growing up, her mother told her, "Why do you need to prepare for the good things that happen? They're good. They won't hurt you. My job is to prepare you for the hard times, and teach you how to avoid them, whenever possible." Using Chinese fortune telling, feng shui blackmail, good old-fashioned ghost stories, and shame and embarrassment in equal measure, Elaine's fiercely loving mother (the Chinese Squawking Chicken, as Elaine calls her) raised her to be an intelligent, high-achieving, devoted and grateful daughter. In Listen to the Squawking Chicken, Elaine's mother's lessons are recounted in 9 chapters in which the Squawking Chicken teaches Elaine about hard work ("Miss Hong Kong is a whore"), humility ("I...
Publisher: 2014.
ISBN: 9780345813497
Characteristics: data file, rda

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Feb 14, 2017

I gained a much better appreciation for the subtle differences between the Caucasian/Asian cultures through reading this book. I grew up in Calgary and had a Chinese girlfriend. I always wondered why she couldn't join me (and other friends) after school. I knew that her parents insisted that she do homework (even though we weren't assigned any extra work). I also now have a much better understanding of Feng Shui and how it governs its believers' lives. It feels very similar to Karma. I enjoyed Lainey's storytelling abilities, and her complete honesty in sharing both the good and the bad parts of life. I find that, when I read a story that leaves out the bad, it doesn't feel real.

Jul 05, 2016

A very funny and well-written memoir about an all consuming mother/daughter bond. Although my upbringing was very different, I found the stories about Lainey's mother entertaining, moving and relatable. I also felt a great deal of affection for the woman, despite her shortcomings.

Apr 14, 2015

Love the profanity! Asian girls are not all sweet quiet little dolls. Lui's colourful writing kept me engaged. I can appreciate Lui's mom as a lot of kids today are overly praised for the stupidest little achievements. This sets them up to become self-entitled and unable to cope with problems during their adult life. Lui's mom may be extreme but there are lots of little nuggets of wisdom from this street- wise firecracker.

Sep 29, 2014

Loved it!!! I want to buy it !

May 28, 2014

Lainey Lui has written a tender and loving tribute to her mother that is also brutally honest and critical. The stark contrast between Lainey's upbringing and the over-praised special princesses we see around us is food for thought about how we are preparing young girls for their place in the world. Well done Ma and Lainey Lui!

May 09, 2014

i worked for an oriental employer for many years and i can just see this happening in their family with their children etc.......a really good read and laughed out loud many many times!


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Jun 24, 2016

Her life as growing up with an asian mother

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