Cindy Yee Kong began life as a normal little girl in Hong Kong until a crippling disease stole her ability to run and jump and talk normally with friends and family. Saddled with a rare disease and an abusive, unsupportive family-- plus the incredible struggle of adapting to life in the United States--Cindy Yee Kong fought to find strength within herself to escape to a life of happiness, support, and love. A former social worker, the author now inspires those who are struggling with life’s hardships.
Cindy Yee Kong was born in China and immigrated to New York City with her family as a young child. Saddled with a rare crippling disease (dopa-responive dystonia) and an abusive, non-supportive family, she found her escape in education. She earned her sociology degree from Stony Brook University and built a career as a social worker. She wrote The Eyes of the Lion to inspire others to always persevere. When she is not writing, she loves to draw and spend time with her husband and pets.
“I highly recommend The Eyes of the Lion for all educators in special education and cultural studies. [Kong] will enlighten readers and provide them with valuable insights…” —Dr. John N. Hatfield, Ph.D., The University of Oklahoma
This was a scene where my brother, Forrest, built a close relationship with this kid, Iddle, but neglected ours. I admired my brother but he want nothing to do with me. Was it my disability and gender?
The Eyes of the Lion
Iddle was the same age as me. His father was a distant relative, and my brother Forrest was very fond of him. Iddle was only about eleven years old when he first came to America. He was a rangy boy with flimsy straight hair and a squeaky tone of voice. My brother instantly connected with him on their first meeting and became a pal and a big brother to him even though there was a big age gap. He would take him out for a ride in his new car or to different outings. I wondered if my brother would like me better if I was a boy and physically able.