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by Evelyn Lau

  • ISBN: 0889104913
  • Category: Ethnic and National
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Evelyn Lau
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Coach House Pr; First Edition edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Pages: 276
  • ePub book: 1890 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1520 kb
  • Other: docx txt azw mbr
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 559

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Since the book was published, Evelyn Lau has been pideon-holed somewhat as a Chinese-Candian or Women�s issues writer. These kinds of politically correct labels have little added value.

Since the book was published, Evelyn Lau has been pideon-holed somewhat as a Chinese-Candian or Women�s issues writer. This is a document Evelyn kept from a remarkable phase of her life as a drug addict and prostitute on the streets of Vancouver, and a teenage and ethnic one at that. It shows some of her survival instincts which exist within her and which fight to keep her alive through it all. However, as I read on, I found myself having less and less respect for her.

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Bright and talented, but at odds with her parents, 14-year-old Evelyn Lau ran away to spend the next two years submerged in. .to finish it, desperate for a happy ending.

Bright and talented, but at odds with her parents, 14-year-old Evelyn Lau ran away to spend the next two years submerged in drugs, prostitution and despair on th. It is the TRUE diary of a young girl - dabbling in prositution, drugs, therapy and homelessness. This book offers great insight in to the mind of a adolesent, and reminds one of a not so distant past of battling the same demons.

Evelyn Yee-Fun Lau was born in Vancouver on July 2, 1971 to Chinese immigrants. The manuscript became a bestseller when it was published in 1989 under the title Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, and was later turned into a made-for-television movie. Her parents were obsessive about their children, demanding constant top performance at school and expecting Lau, to become a medical doctor. In 1983 she began publishing poems and short stories in magazines. Early in 1986 she ran away from her unbearable family and school life. Fresh Girls & Other Stories published in 1993, established her as one of Canada's leading writers.

Runaway Even as a six-year-old child, Evelyn Lau already knew what she would be in life - a writer

Runaway Even as a six-year-old child, Evelyn Lau already knew what she would be in life - a writer. She would spend countless hours in her room writing short stories and poems trying to avoid the suffocating reality surrounding her. At the age of fourteen, forbidden by her strict parents to "waste" any more of her time writing, Evelyn did the only thing she felt she could do - she ran away. For two years, Lau lived on the streets of Vancouver. For a while she embraced her new life, seduced by the sense of freedom and independence from the pressures of school and family

In 1986 Lau ran away from her unbearable existence as a social outcast and pariah in school and a tyrannized daughter at home. A diary she kept at the time was published in 1989 as Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid.

In 1986 Lau ran away from her unbearable existence as a social outcast and pariah in school and a tyrannized daughter at home. Evelyn Lau began publishing poetry at the age of 12; her creative efforts helped her escape the pressure of home and school. In March 1986, at age 14, Lau left home and spent the next several years living itinerantly in Vancouver as a homeless person, sleeping mainly in shelters, friends' homes, and on the street  .

For two years, Lau lived on the streets of Vancouver. For a while she embraced her new life, seduced by the sense of freedom and independence from the pressures of school and family.

Even as a six-year-old child, Evelyn Lau already knew what she would be in life - a writer. But like so many others before her, Lau soon fell into a dangerous spiral of drug addiction and prostitution. During her two harrowing years on the street, Lau’s writing ambition never left her; almost obsessively, she kept a written record of her days on the street; this record is Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid.

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In Evelyn Lau’s book Runaway Diary of a Street Kid, she combines journal entries of her life on the street starting from March 22, 1986, the day after running away from home, to January 20, 1988.

Lewis Denise Lewis Instructor: Nancy Squair English 1118 13 October 2013 Evelyn Lau’s Path to Becoming a Writer: In Evelyn Lau’s book Runaway Diary of a Street Kid, she combines journal entries of her life on the street starting from March 22, 1986, the day after running away from home, to January 20, 1988. In this book Lau expresses her experiences, thoughts and feelings of her life as a runaway teenager who becomes involved with drugs and prostitution within the streets of East Vancouver.

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The Chinese-Canadian writer describes her experiences as a fourteen-year-old girl living on the streets of Vancouver

Comments

Castiel Castiel
I felt, very, very moved by Runaway. It is a typical runaway story, but what is not typical was that the author is gifted with a great intelligence and writing ability. Evelyn wanted to be a writer from age six, and she started getting published at age twelve. Her very neurotic mother was murdering her emotionally, so at age fourteen, she ran away from home. She went into the expected downward spiral into prostitution and drugs addiction. But Evelyn kept a journal through the two years she was on the street, and the process of journaling was a major factor in her survival.
As a minor she was under the care of government social services, which included outpatient psychiatric care. In her journal, besides all the explicit details of drugs, prostitution, and life on the street, she works through the whole therapeautic process. As drama it is very compelling. As we observe her trying to change her situation, one starts to view her as a hero rather than a victim. It becomes like a movie where we are in anxious suspense to see how the hero gets out of each predicament. We cheer her successes and wince in frustration and disappointment every time she returns to drugs or turning tricks. Her psychiatrists were magnificent. Someone studying to be a therapist could use this book as a case study in runaways, drugs, child prostitution and how a patient responds to therapy. I particularly liked her inner dialogues. She will surface one set of emotions, then surface other conflicting emotions and wrestle them to the ground. Once she gets something resolved, it�s on to the next set of emotions. She works all this out in her therapy session and in her journal.
I must say that as the father of two children I have had a more poignant reaction to this book. Throughout her book, I kept feeling a profound, �My God, she�s only a child!� The book is a very moral book in that it shows the enormous damage that occurs to child prostitutes, not to mention drug addicts and runaways.
Since the book was published, Evelyn Lau has been pideon-holed somewhat as a Chinese-Candian or Women�s issues writer. These kinds of politically correct labels have little added value. I find them limiting not liberating. Her material to be about being a human being and a victim.
Siralune Siralune
This is a document Evelyn kept from a remarkable phase of her life as a drug addict and prostitute on the streets of Vancouver, and a teenage and ethnic one at that. It shows some of her survival instincts which exist within her and which fight to keep her alive through it all. However, as I read on, I found myself having less and less respect for her. It went from respect for a person who fought to get out of circumstances in life she couldn't stand - not that it was horrid or anything, just not to her liking - to thinking how pathetic she was to have just wanted the change and then making herself out to be a victim of everything. I don't believe she owns up to much, or if she did, it was all "talk", cause her actions didn't back it up. By the end, she came across as a spineless jellyfish with the survival instincts of one to fight and survive whenever it happened, but her life became meaningless without the adversity that gave it a purpose to survive. She can't be happy as a "normal" person without death half staring her in the face or walking closely behind, but is a victim otherwise cause it's stalking her so closely. Interesting insight into her life, yes, but it became difficult to read without judgment, and turns monotonous of the same "routine" after a while. Better than the average book, sure, but not sure by how much. Thus the 4 stars.
fetish fetish
This is a story of a brilliant girl who trapped who herself in one of the worst strata of society there is. She writes from the heart and she strikes deep. I thought about this book for months. It touched me deeply. I only hope the author has come out of the other side of it and is at peace with herself and achieves her goals. It seems these other reviewers were just unable to fathom what this woman went through. I mean no criticism, the thought of being in this girl's shoes is a hard to face. A deeply moving statement of the human condition.
Chi Chi
Once you start this book, Evelyn becomes you. I had to just keep reading and reading...to finish it, desperate for a happy ending. It is the TRUE diary of a young girl - dabbling in prositution, drugs, therapy and homelessness. This book offers great insight in to the mind of a adolesent, and reminds one of a not so distant past of battling the same demons. Evelyn's world view is set to critique all that crosses her path...including our correctional services, family services, and basic social acceptability. Pretty smart for a 15 year old. Many wonderful thoughts, feelings and ideas can be gained from reading this book. I would recommend this book as required reading for youths who typically DON'T read. Its a great starting point and is sure to capture their attention. But nonetheless...a great story that in the end, any reader feels privilaged to have been on the journey.
Gtonydne Gtonydne
I've read a good many non-fiction-autobiographies. This book is the most viscerial yet cerebral, poignant, vulnerably heart-wretching; Honest, courageous mind boggling work of artistic genius, I have ever come across.

A sheer out & out mind-bender. A work of transcendent catharsis & tragic emotional metamorphosis, from a phenomenal brilliant writer.

After assimilating Ms. Lau's enthralling, somewhat beguiling stylism, one is simply left, torn asunder, as her spellbinding beautific word pictures are rendered in such astute & sultry erudition.

Evelyn Lau's comprehensive body of work is entrancingly seductive.Hauntingly beautiful & adoit; Scintillating,yet melancholy.Enigmatic & stupefying.Ultimately, I am left dumbstruck.

Her writing has an innate ability to create an obsession & infatuation in a reader,that melts away any notion of steel remnant cold calculated logic, that men may attempt to employ toward women.The games over...

On the meridian of art in written form, we find the pleatau of spirit; Immortal soul, eternal love...embodied within Evelyn Lau's art.

Once you have read her work, your life absolutely, will never be the same again...