Author(s): Jenny Bol Jun Lee
The book is an insightful and often deeply personal account of Maori-Chinese identity in Aotearoa New Zealand. At the heart of the work are the accounts of four Maori-Chinese New Zealanders, recollecting experiences of identity through the lens of schooling. Author Jenny Bol Jun Lee shows that the identity of this unique cultural group is the result of a fascinating history on the margins of mainstream New Zealand society, one often intersected by racism, exclusion and colonialism. Lee reveals that Maori-Chinese draw strength from their different traditions, taking pride in their unique identity while moving between the different worlds of Chinese, Maori and 'mainstream' New Zealand. ade Taniwha provides a detailed historical and sociological context for the emergence of Maori-Chinese in New Zealand, concentrating on the role that schooling has played in the formation of Maori-Chinese identity. Jenny Bol Jun Lee shows how racism in New Zealand's schools has impacted members of this community. The book will provide both scholars and readers with an understanding of Maori-Chinese people in New Zealand.