The rice room : growing up Chinese-American : from number two son to rock 'n' roll

by Ben Fong-Torres

Paper Book, 1995




New York : Plume, 1995.


An account of growing up in Oakland, California's Chinatown.

Media reviews

[Fong-Torres'] autobiography is peppered with colorful anecdotes about the early days at Rolling Stone and its flamboyant editor, Jann Wenner, but the memoir's chief interest is in its moving account of the author's attempt to negotiate a peaceable compromise between a son's enthusiasm for trendy culture and his parents' desire that he embrace antithetical Chinese traditions instead.

User reviews

LibraryThing member autumnesf
Story of an American Born Chinese to immigrant parents. Follows a young man into adulthood. Culture clash and Chinese values makes for a tough upbringing. Author never even learns enough Chinese to communicate with his parents...who do not learn enough English to communicate with their children well. Positive side of the book is the successful career the author has and his opinion that his race did not hold him back any on being a writer/dj. Worth a read if you are interested in the immigrant/native children lifestyle.… (more)


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