Fiction. Asian Studies. BUTTERFLY TEARS is a collection of seventeen pieces of short fiction that depict the experiences of Chinese immigrant women facing the challenges of life in a new country. The stories are set in different parts of China, Canada, and to a lesser extent in the United States and examine Chinese women's cross-cultural experiences in North America as well as women's issues and political discrimination in China. The stories, or parts of stories, set in China give the reader interesting glimpses into events such as the cultural revolution and Mao's death.The immigrant experience, the predominant theme, encompasses a number of aspects ranging from issues such as language and food to education. Feminism and changing male/female relationships form another important theme that also runs through many of the stories.
Born in China, Zoë S. Roy was an eyewitness to the red terror under Mao's regime. She holds a M.Ed. in Adult Education and an MA in Atlantic Canada Studies from the University of New Brunswick and Saint Mary's University. She lives and works in Toronto as an adult educator. She is the author of an acclaimed collection of short stories, BUTTERFLY TEARS (2009), and two novels, THE LONG MARCH HOME (2011) and CALLS ACROSS THE PACIFIC (2015), all published by Inanna Publications.Author City: Toronto, ON CAN