The 228 Legacy

Honorable Mention in 2015 San Francisco Book Festival
2013 Finalist for Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Award

Three generations in an all-female Taiwanese family living near Los Angeles in 1980 are each guarding personal secrets. 

Grandmother Silk finds out that she has breast cancer, as daughter Lisa loses her job, while pre-teen granddaughter Abbey struggles with a school bully. When Silk’s mysterious past comes out–revealing a shocking historical event that left her widowed–the truth forces the family to reconnect emotionally and battle their problems together. 

A novel of cultural identity and long-standing secrets, The 228 Legacy weaves together multigenerational viewpoints, showing how heritage and history can influence individual behavior and family bonds.


“Set in Los Angeles in 1980, Chow depicts how each woman must face the parts of their lives that do not measure up… this story is touching in its depiction of the characters’ changing relationships.” -Publishers Weekly