The Woo-Woo

The Woo-Woo

How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family

DAISY - 2018
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A young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family whose members blamed their woes on ghosts and demons when in fact they should have been on anti-psychotic meds. Lindsay Wong grew up with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of the "woo-woo"--Chinese ghosts who come to visit in times of personal turmoil. From a young age, she witnessed the woo-woo's sinister effects; at the age of six, she found herself living in the food court of her suburban mall, which her mother saw as a safe haven because they could hide there from dead people, and on a camping trip, her mother tried to light Lindsay's foot on fire to rid her of the woo-woo. The eccentricities take a dark turn, however, when her aunt, suffering from a psychotic breakdown, holds the city of Vancouver hostage for eight hours when she threatens to jump off a bridge. And when Lindsay starts to experience symptoms of the woo-woo herself, she wonders whether she will suffer the same fate as her family. On one hand a witty and touching memoir about the Asian immigrant experience, and on the other a harrowing and honest depiction of the vagaries of mental illness, "The woo-woo" is a gut-wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself. Bestseller. Winner of the 2019 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. Canada Reads 2019. 2018.
Publisher: Toronto :, CNIB,, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780221004490
Characteristics: 1 computer laser optical disc (9 hrs., 34 min.) :,sound ;,4 3/4 in
audio, optical, 32 kbps, rda
audio file, MP3, DAISY 2.02 standard, 29 files, 12.4 mb, rda
Additional Contributors: Delaney, Mary - Narrator

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