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Half-a-century from home

Two-volume memoir chronicles expansive history of Chinese expat

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In his recently published memoir, Ou Ji Ye, pen-name Shan Shan, recalls the whiff of his cousin’s unique scent as she climbed over him to get into bed. He wouldn’t know what the feeling conjured by the odour meant until his teenage years — and wouldn’t write about it for another half-a-century. 

Jak Burapa Su Usakanay

He was but a child when he fell in love with his cousin. It was a time when romantic love between close relatives with different family names was socially acceptable. It was the 1910s and the Qing dynasty was coming to an end.

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