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“gigi-hawaii” is a blog nickname for Glenda Chung Hinchey, a third-generation Korean-American, born and raised in Hawaii. She graduated from the University of Hawaii (BA Sociology) and then traveled solo around the world for seven years, living in California, Thailand, Europe, and New York. She taught English at Thammasat University, Voice of America, and AUA Language Center in Bangkok and was a graduate student in music at Columbia University. A former Hawaii Public Radio commentator, she has published an anthology, three memoirs, and many newspaper columns. She lives with her husband in Honolulu. They have two daughters, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren.
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You also can borrow my books from Hawaii state public libraries, Hamilton Library, and community college libraries in Hawaii.
“Literary Breeze from Hawaii: An Anthology”: A collection of short stories, poetry, and essays written by members of the National Writers Association-Honolulu Chapter. ($5.00)
“Like a Joyful Bird: A Memoir”: “Hinchey’s memoir follows a line begun by her Korean grandparents and continued through her life as an adventurous teacher in Southeast Asia and her more stable career in Honolulu as wife and mother. She tells her story in charming, savvy vignettes, but more importantly, Hinchey has tapped into something profound – a life doesn’t begin with birth and end with death. We’re all a part of a continuing process.” – Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Bulletin ($10.00)
“Love, Life, and Publishing: A Second Memoir”: “Former Hawaii Public Radio commentator, Glenda Chung Hinchey, returns with the sequel to her 2003 memoir, Like a Joyful Bird. Hinchey’s Love, Life, and Publishing: A Second Memoir repeats the formula, this time with family anecdotes extending to the present day. Hinchey also includes two appendices explaining how she managed to turn a profit while self-publishing her first book and how she snagged the HPR gig. Her family’s story is a fascinating glimpse into the process by which so many local Korean families fought their way into Hawaii’s middle class within a few generations.” – Joel Harold, Honolulu Weekly ($10.00)
“Look for Me in Hawaii: A Third Memoir”: “This book is a collection of stories from the author’s past, her third such effort. The stories focus on relationships with friends and family. Born in Hawaii, she lived away for a number of years and has returned to make the islands her home. The stories run the gamut from details of her daily routine to taking a trip to Croatia to visit a long-lost flame.” – Honolulu Star-Bulletin ($10.00)