Cindy Yee Kong, Author

Cindy Yee Kong, Author

Women and Adversity: Cindy Yee Kong, author, The Eyes of the Lion  

It always amazes me at the adversity some women experience, and Cindy Yee Kong is another example. In her memoir, “The Eyes of the Lion,”
she tells of how she was born in 1969 in China and when she was 10, she migrated to New York with her mother where her father lived.

She couldn’t run, play or talk normally with other children, but her family wasn’t supportive. In desperation she fought to survive and escape her miserable situation and muddled along as best she could. In 1995 she was diagnosed with dopa-responsive dystonia, a genetic disorder in which a person has involuntary muscle contractions and tremors. Undesirable symptoms continued, and Cindy sought further help. Then in 2008 she was diagnosed with central auditory processing disorder, which stems from dystonia. This means Cindy had problems distinguishing similar speech sounds, following directions and understanding instructions. Her speech pathologist said teachers and educators overlooked her situation when she was a child because English was not her native language.

It’s hard to imagine the perseverance and determination it took for Cindy to succeed, but she earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and was a social worker. She is an inspiration to anyone who is struggling to overcome adversity.

Read about Cindy:

An interview:

A review of “The Eyes of the Lion”:

Her Facebook page:

Her book: in paperback and Kindle forms



Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to, and to learn more.

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