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Authors > Kwok, Caroline Fei-Yeng

Caroline Fei-Yeng Kwok was born in Hong Kong in l95l. After attending Ying Wa Girls' School in Hong Kong, she went to study English Literature at the University of Minnesota in l970. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude and an Honors Award. She then returned to Hong Kong and taught English as a Second Language at the University of Hong Kong there before her immigration to Canada in l974. In l975, she received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto and started teaching with the Toronto District School Board. In l982, she received her Master of Education degree from OISE, University of Toronto.

She was admitted to the Summer School Program of Yale University in their Department of Creative Writing in I996.

She was a recipient of the 2001 Courage-to-Come-Back Award sponsored by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada.

Free to Fly : A Story of Manic Depression
Kwok, Caroline Fei-Yeng, M.Ed.
Inclusion Press / Softcover / 2006-11-01 / 1895418720
Mood Disorders / Recovery from Mental Illness
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“All who have suffered psychological distress should read this book. It is a message of hope from one who has been there and back.” -- Dr. Mary Seeman, Order of Canada, Professor Emerita, Dept of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

“Caroline Kwok’s book brings home the human story behind a disease label in a way that few other books do. This is a book that will get people asking each other questions again, particularly if they work or suffer in areas of diversity. It should make psychiatrists, nurses and others aware of the very many other things that can be going on in someone’s life and the other things that can be just as healing as professional input. It is also a book for those who suffer and will enable them to help the people helping them bring wisdom to the encounter”.
-- Dr. David Healy, Professor, North Wales Dept of Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University, UK

“Caroline is a fine writer who is able to render her personal difficulties in the most compelling language. This is a book that should be read by everyone who is suffering from mental disorder, as well as by medical and nursing personnel. It is not only inspirational, it is therapeutic. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” -- Dr. Richard Selzer, Surgeon and Author, Yale University

“Free to Fly is a harrowing and heavenly narrative. Its author courageously describes scenes from hell and then dramatizes scenes from heaven. It shows that with hope and persistence men and women have the chance to search and find the freedom to grow wings.” -- John Robert Colombo, author, editor and anthologist, Toronto

“There are so many wonderful lessons in this book: The inner world of someone with bipolar disorder, stigmas associated with mental disorders, strengths and weaknesses of our mental health care system, and importance of cultural factors in mental health. All of these are told in a vivid, poignant, insightful, and inspirational manner. “FREE TO FLY” reveals the spiritual and personal struggles and strengths of a most remarkable person.” -- Dr. Stanley Sue, Director of Asian American Studies, Professor of Psychology & Psychiatry, University of California at Davis

“Caroline Fei-Yeng Kwok’s narrative is an important testament about the experiences and perspective of a Chinese immigrant to Canada from Hong Kong labelled as having manic-depression. Equally impressive is the fact that this beautiful book is written in a poetic manner with great depth and insight about madness by one who knows it from within. It will appeal to a wide audience including people with a psychiatric history as well as people who work with them and anyone interested in cross-cultural experiences of the mental health system in Canada.” -- Geoffrey Reaume, Assistant Professor, Critical Disability Studies, York University, Toronto

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