Crystal Chan – Chinese, Polish


My dad is from Hong Kong and my mom is Polish-American (from northern Wisconsin), and I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin in the 80′s. We were the only mixed-race family I knew, possibly the only one in town, and my family never talked about race. That made things hard. When the kids at school were pulling their eyes slanty and going “Ching-chong-wing-wong!” my parents told me it was the cruelty of kids, not racism.


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Exotic in Wisconsin

Crystal Chan
Crystal Chan


Crystal Chan grew up a mixed-race kid in Wisconsin. She’s been finding her place – and answering people’s questions about her place – ever since.

Crystal Chan is a writer, professional storyteller, and the author of the YA novel, Bird.

Photo: Crystal Chan 


Wisconsin Life – Exotic in Wisconsin Crystal Chan grew up a….