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Leaving Home: Emigration, Language, and Loss

Geneve Chao

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Guille-Allès Library


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These tringual poems in English, pidgin and Guernesiais, inspired by family members' histories, explore the conflict inherent in the loss of language, culture, and the familiar beauty of home. 

Genève is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Long Beach City College in California and a poet in her own right, and her family stories inspired her to write her poetry collection, Emigre, which was dedicated to the memory of her mother-in-law, Margaret Maud Falla, nee Le Cocq.

Chaired by Nick Le Messurier from the Guernsey Literary Festival.

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