From Outsider To Writer: What does it mean to be an outsider? How does a person take an experience and turn it into a book? For much of my life, I didn't want to be Chinese. Then a trip to Hong Kong and mainland China shook up my world. I wrote about my journey, and a memoir was born. 4S Ranch Library (858) 673-4697. Picture: "Kowloon Nathan Road 2007" by Eckhard Pecher.