Q&A: Obama's half brother
President Obama's half brother Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo answered questions from Post readers online Thursday about his new book, "Nairobi to Shenzhen: A Novel of Love in the East."
Ndesandjo has lived in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen for seven years, and shares a father with the president. Barack Obama Sr. married Mark's mother, Ruth Nidesand, while he was studying at Harvard after divorcing President Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. The elder Obama and Nidesand lived together in Nairobi, where Mark spent most of his childhood.
"Nairobi to Shenzhen" is a loosely autobiographical work of fiction about a child of mixed-race growing up and experiencing domestic violence with an abusive father. Ndesandjo says the memories were so bitter that he stopped using the name Obama but later changed his mind when his half brother was elected president of the United States.
Ndesandjo discussed his book, his search for identity and his relationship with his brother, who he plans to see when the president visits China next week. You can read his Q & A here.
Posted at 11:04 AM ET on Nov 12, 2009
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