Author(s): Quin Qing Tang
In ancient folklore the walnut tree was believed to help us in times of transition. The fruit of the walnut has the shape of the human brain and half a walnut is said to represent loss; 'tree' represents growth. 'Half a walnut tree' describes the tree that only grows walnuts that are half- size, a metaphor for repeated loss but continuous growth. This memoir is Quin Qing Tang's story of surviving repeated trauma and hardship-and of her defiance of her circumstances as she has persisted in continually growing and becoming stronger. Quin tells the heart-wrenching story of her childhood during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and of her challenging life in Christchurch as a young single mother returning to school. In her 40s, during the February 2011 earthquake, Quin was one of the few survivors of the collapse of the CTV building where she worked. This inspiring and moving memoir offers a fascinating insight into Quin's experience of her Chinese cultural heritage, as well as profound reflections on loss and love, healing, learning, and growth.
QUIN QING TANG was born and lived in Beijing before she moved to Christchurch, New Zealand in the 1980s. She has since earned BA 3 and MA degrees in psychology and an MEd degree in counselling from the University of Canterbury, and a Post Graduate Diploma in mental health from University of Otago. Quin works as a counsellor and has two children.