Community College of Rhode Island alumna Mai Donohue will discuss her experience with domestic abuse, escape from her native Vietnam and new life in Rhode Island in “Memoirs of a Bad Luck Girl” at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, in Room 1134 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
In her first book, “Crossing the Bamboo Bridge – Memoirs of a Bad Luck Girl,” Donohue tells her inspirational life story of poverty, rebellion and war.
Donohue grew up in a country at war. Her small village, Thong An Ninh village in the Quang Ngai Province in the central region of Vietnam, was torn between north and south. From age 7, too small and frail to work in the fields, she cared for her nieces and nephews, winning their hearts with stories and delicious meals.
Donohue left Vietnam in 1970 to move to the United States with her husband, Brian. She is a 1997 alumna of CCRI and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2002. After raising her seven children, Donohue worked with students in the Alternate Learning Program at Barrington High School in Rhode Island for 15 years.
The CCRI Gender Equity Initiative, CCRI Alumni Association and CCRI Office of Institutional Equity are sponsoring Donohue’s presentation.