British sailors march in Hong Kong in December 1937 in a show of force as the threat of war looms. Mimi Kwa’s grandfather,  two of his wives and their children, including her father, fled Swatow for Hong Kong in the late 1930s, as she writes in her book House of Kwa. Photo: Getty Images British sailors march in Hong Kong in December 1937 in a show of force as the threat of war looms. Mimi Kwa’s grandfather,  two of his wives and their children, including her father, fled Swatow for Hong Kong in the late 1930s, as she writes in her book House of Kwa. Photo: Getty Images
British sailors march in Hong Kong in December 1937 in a show of force as the threat of war looms. Mimi Kwa’s grandfather, two of his wives and their children, including her father, fled Swatow for Hong Kong in the late 1930s, as she writes in her book House of Kwa. Photo: Getty Images

Review |
A compelling history of a traditional Chinese family in an era of upheaval, House of Kwa transports the reader from Beijing to wartime Hong Kong, Melbourne and Perth

  • Mimi Kwa’s grandfather absconded at the turn of the last century with his father’s fourth wife and wed two others; between them they bore him over 30 children
  • She was born into racism and a troubled home in 1970s Perth, Australia, but overcame both, helped by visits to her Hong Kong aunties

Topic |   Chinese history
British sailors march in Hong Kong in December 1937 in a show of force as the threat of war looms. Mimi Kwa’s grandfather,  two of his wives and their children, including her father, fled Swatow for Hong Kong in the late 1930s, as she writes in her book House of Kwa. Photo: Getty Images British sailors march in Hong Kong in December 1937 in a show of force as the threat of war looms. Mimi Kwa’s grandfather,  two of his wives and their children, including her father, fled Swatow for Hong Kong in the late 1930s, as she writes in her book House of Kwa. Photo: Getty Images
British sailors march in Hong Kong in December 1937 in a show of force as the threat of war looms. Mimi Kwa’s grandfather, two of his wives and their children, including her father, fled Swatow for Hong Kong in the late 1930s, as she writes in her book House of Kwa. Photo: Getty Images
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