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Memoir of Half a Banana
Feb. 22, 2022
Fay Chou
Digital: Non-fiction: Memoir
Through the self-discovery of a Chinese woman and naturalized American, this book examines the diversity of cultures and their profound effect on people.

A Westerner who identifies with the Chinese ideology is sometimes called an egg; conversely, a yellow-skinned person is known as a banana. Fay Chou considers herself the latter, but her children disagree, “Nah, you’re not a banana; we’re bananas!” So, Fay Chou has settled on being just “half a banana.”
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Fay Chou was born into a military family in Taiwan in 1949. While her father was stationed in Washington D.C., Fay Chou attended a junior-high school in America from 1963 through 1965, a time when very few Chinese lived in the U.S. Not speaking one word of English, Fay Chou struggled with her studies but prevailed through hard work and perseverance.

Fay Chou went back to Taiwan for high school and college, and reconnected with her Chinese heritage and the Chinese language. While being a star student in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature of National Taiwan University, Fay Chou worked part time for Guideposts Magazine Chinese Edition as the senior editor, and taught English over three well-known radios using Guideposts Magazine as the textbook.

One year after graduating with top honors, Fay Chou got married, and the couple came to America for graduate studies. Unlike most Chinese students who found jobs in big cities after graduation, Fay Chou and her husband stayed in the college town of De Kalb, Illinois. They made friends with many professors and even went to live with one of those professors for a couple of years, learning about Western customs and American daily life first-hand.
In De Kalb, Fay Chou taught Chinese as an extra curriculum course at Northern Illinois University and worked at NIU’s library briefly, before she and her husband bought a small restaurant and ran it for seven years.

After a son and a daughter were born into the family, the Chous moved to Los Angeles, California. Fay Chou and her husband worked for an old friend for a couple of years and later started their own wholesale company. It is from dealing with small businesses, government agencies, as well as different aspects of the wholesale trade that Fay Chou learned about company politics and the strain of friendship before loyalty to one’s family.

Doing practically the opposite of how she herself had been raised, Fay Chou successfully brought up two independent, capable, and confident children. But stressed with the business and feeling depressed all the time, Fay Chou left her family to work in Beijing for several months to “find herself.” She did, at age 55. Fay Chou returned to Los Angeles, relaxed and in control of her life again.

For the next few years, Fay Chou helped with taking care of her granddaughter, Haylie, who suffered from “severe slow development.” Not being able to speak or do anything for herself, Haylie is now fourteen and still in diapers. Fay Chou’s son and daughter-in-law developed an effective support system where Haylie is well-cared for, yet the couple still could live their own lives. With admiration and respect, Fay Chou shares with readers the couple’s healthy and inspirational mindset.
When Fay Chou’s father became ill, she returned to Taiwan to care for him until he passed away. Accompanying her father through his final days, Fay Chou understood the circle of life.
Diana Appleseed
The Regency Publishers
phone: 315-556-3079 Ext. 1031
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