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Standing Out

A Cross-Cultural Journey of Self-Discovery

Angela Lee Chen

Paperback 386 pages
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“It held my interest from cover to cover.” – Qat Wanders, editor and bestselling author.

Alternately laugh-out-loud funny and poignantly touching, Standing Out is at heart a profoundly human story that explores the nature of belonging.

Angela was born in New York to Chinese parents. The loss of a brother when only seven, and her parents going on to adopt two more, made for an ever-changing family dynamic.

Decisions her parents made played out across three continents. At the age of three, the family relocated to Keyna in East Africa for her father's UN job, where she grew up surrounded by international expats' children and traveled with her parents on home leave to China every two years.

With a quiet, authoritarian father and a distant mother, she learned early to find affirmation outside the home. She flourished academically, graduating with a biology degree from Yale and a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. The sudden death of her father caused a major shift in her life as she inherited the care of her mother's Alzheimer's.

Through life's inevitable turns, Angela's resilience and love of people show through.

“The author has led a fascinating life, but this book brings it all back to what really matters amidst all the glamour and exoticism. Her introversion, the last years of her parents, imperfect families with oh-so-different siblings – it all rings so very true to life.” – Stephen Brightman, professional editor.

Published by Blue Peony Publishing, 2019.