Mother Tongue


Betty Quan

Finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama

About the Book

Mother Tongue is a unique and innovative play that weaves together Cantonese, English, and sign language. It is about family loyalties, youthful dreams, and generational and cultural differences.


“Ms. Quan does an admirable job … poetic fluidity.”
–International Examiner

“A poetic and often moving exploration of the aching desire to overcome separations … Quan is a writer worth following.”
–Georgia Straight

About the Author

Betty Quan has written and/or adapted over a dozen acclaimed plays for stage and radio. Mother Tongue was nominated for a Jessie Award for best new play as well as the 1996 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Betty’s professional credits also encompass writing and story editing for film and television, and published fictions for young readers. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and is a member of both the Playwrights Union of Canada and the Writers Guild of Canada.

Drama 2m/2f
48pp 5.5 x 8.5 in