Xing Li is what some Chinese people call a banana – yellow on the outside and white on the inside. Although born and raised in London, she never feels like she fits in. When her mother dies, she moves with her older brother to live with venomous Grandma, strange Uncle Ho and Hollywood actress Auntie Mei. Her only friend is Jay – a mixed raced Jamaican boy with a passion for classical music.
Then Xing Li’s life takes an even harsher turn: the school bullying escalates and her uncle requests she assist him in an unthinkable favour. Her happy childhood becomes a distant memory as her new life is infiltrated with the harsh reality of being an ethnic minority.
Consumed by secrets, violence and confusing family relations, Xing Li tries to find hope wherever she can. In order to find her own identity, she must first discover what it means to be both Chinese and British.
About the author
PP Wong was born in London to Singaporean parents and attended school in the UK and at Methodist Girl’s School and Anglo Chinese Junior College in Singapore. After completing a degree in Anthropology and Law at LSE, PP Wong worked as an actor for six years, including leading roles in the BBC Radio 4 play Avenues of Eternal Peace and Soho Theatre’s Moonwalking in Chinatown. She also played the role of Irene in Singapore Repertory Theatre’s play The Dresser and Ma in the Kid’s Central series Ubin Boy. Her very first role was “Screaming Vietnamese Girl 105” in a James Bond movie making her Singapore’s only Bond girl. She is a writer and the editor of www.bananawriters.com, and is currently based in Singapore because her kiasu nature proved too much for British culture. Follow PP at “@ppwong_” or visit ppwongauthor.com.