Interview with Alicia Hou (June, 2010)

Entrevista con Alicia Hou........para español, favor clickea "Spanish"

作者侯玲玲 簡介..............中文請click 右上角的 ''中文''

 

 

   
Q:

Alicia, is your book “The Mirror of Karma & The 4 Sister” about you, your sisters and your family?

A:

No, the book is a work of fiction plus a little of fantasy. But of course, I have put many of my life experiences in it. In fact, I do have 2 sisters who are 13+ years younger than me...

 

Q:

Please tell us a little about you.

 

A:

I currently live in Los Angeles, California. But I was born in Guangdong province, China, lived in Hong Kong and Central America--Panama for many years, came to USA at age 24, speaking a few words of English back then.  My father was a teacher and my mother was a seamstress back in China. Both of them went thru the Cultural Revolution and one or two-child policy.  They speak the dialect Hakka-Cantonese at home. I am the oldest child of 6 siblings.  4 of my siblings were born in oversea (not China).   My mother had lost 2 unborn babies back in China in the 1970’s; it was a sad story, which inspired me to write this book.  Life was sad in China, but nobody is to blame, and we must go on, let go the past, forgive, appreciate for what we already have and embrace tomorrow...

 

Q:

How many languages you can speak and write?

A:

I can write and speak Chinese-Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish and English.

 

Q:

What do you like to do in your spare time?

A:

I love to read, sew my own cloths, plant a little flower in the back yard, listen to soft music, sing Karaoke, and dancing.

 

Q:

Which sister in the book is actually more like you?

A:

You may think I am more like Gi-Gi Chen, because I am the big sister, but actually my early personality was more like Lily Kong, a girl who hated everything, often had bad luck, and didn’t accept the reality… After many years, with help of some good books, good friends, and the Master of Feng Shui,  I have learned how to accept who I am, understand the world is not perfect, and appreciate the things I have…eventually my luck got better, and I am a happy person now.

 

Q: Is the character Lotus actually your mother?
A:

No. Lotus is not my mother, she is a character of the book. But I have to admit that it was my mother's background that inspired me to create her. There are so many women like Lotus in China...My mother's second child is a boy, if it wasn't, her life would have been the same as Lotus'.

 

Q: How did you create the character Mimi King, the baby sister?
A:

She is the fictitious version of my 2 baby sisters combined. My 2 sisters were not born in China; don’t know much about China, they are happy, energetic, confident, sweet talker and always the lucky girls.  One sister is currently an assistant psychologist in NY.

 

Q:

In your book, you stated that it is inspired by true stories? Please give one or two of your true stories.

A:

1.) My maternal grandmother (who was a part-time fortuneteller before she died) always had the magic to prevent a sad story.  She saved my parents marriage with just one saying. When I was 11 years old, one day, after arguing with my father, my mom left our house angrily saying, “I will never come back.” She didn’t have any place to go, but went to see her mother, saying that she wanted to divorce my father. But fortunately, my smart grandma yelled at her: “You can argue with your husband, but you cannot leave the house just like that! Don’t think I will take you; go back to your husband’s home right now.  Marry a dog, follow a dog…”  So the same day afternoon, my mom came back home, pretended nothing happen, and started cooking dinner... She never left the house like that again.

2.) When I first arrived in Los Angeles, and found a job in an import/export company, I was speaking Spanish more than any other languages at work, so my English wasn’t good. One guy that I dated broke up with me giving me the reason: “Your English is not so good...” and went back to his ex-girlfriend.  That was many years ago, now if I think back; I have to thank him for dumping me, because it encouraged me to improve myself.  Grandmother always said, give thanks to the person who rejected you or tricked you, because you have learned to be a better person.

 

Q:

Is The Mirror of Karma a real thing?

A:

The Mirror of Karma is a fantasy thing, but I really wish we could have it in our real world. Because everything happens with a reason; every little thing we do, either good or bad, is like planting a seed on the ground (cause), we collect the fruits months or years later (effect). Sometimes we make mistakes and don't know what consequences will bring. If we have the Mirror of Karma, we could have prevented many sad stories, isn't that great? I will include a few more little stories about the mirror in my 2nd book named: The Mirror of Karma & The Half-Blooded Princesses.