This is the summary of what I think: The good: - her style of peppering the story with chinese proverbs characters, pronunciation, translation ; - interesting peek of Shanghai in its glory straight from the person who lived that kind of life; and - engaging story-telling. The bad: - a The book was published in the height of the Chinese-mania in America. The bad: - a tad too whiny and self-pitying. She presents the typical David vs. Goliath battle.
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This is the summary of what I think: The good: - her style of peppering the story with chinese proverbs characters, pronunciation, translation ; - interesting peek of Shanghai in its glory straight from the person who lived that kind of life; and - engaging story-telling. The bad: - a The book was published in the height of the Chinese-mania in America.
The bad: - a tad too whiny and self-pitying. She presents the typical David vs. Goliath battle. Miseries are repeated over and over again with little lesson learned.
She and everyone else on her side are angelic. The rest are evil. To me, there was only ONE entertaining moment in this book. Her eldest brother and apparent heir, Gregory, wrote a 6-pages letter to their father asking his permission to become a bridge player. It is so typical of Chinese parents to disapprove such flamboyant career and the way the father put a stop to it is also so typical of the Chinese.
I just have to laugh. I also doubt that she sincerely not sore for not getting the huge inheritance. Instead of thinking how brave she was, I get a feeling that she was a spoiled little girl. She described how she refused to eat fatty meat at all cost when fatty meat was considered as a source of nourishment for children at that time and to learn the value of money by asking for the tram fare.
Conclusion: fun read but her other books, A Thousand Pieces of God is a better and more original memoir and book. She was born in and her mother died when she was born, and her new mother was Eurasian who brought her own children into the marriage.
She struggled to be loved by the family but was treated cruelly. Her respect for and effort to be part of the family, presents insights into the culture. Her relationships with her siblings as a young girl, and later as a successful woman, added a dimension to the cruelty she suffered from both of her parents.
This Chinese proverb described her life. It was hard to understand why she would have even wanted to return to her roots. It seemed that the real roots in this family was her strength. In Adeline was 12 years old with the impact of Mao on China and the revolution things changed for her father.
He hoped to that the new government in Hong Kong might make things better for the family. An aunt offered her love and encouragement to leave, and she went with her to the United States where she was realized her goals as a student and then was able to have a happy marriage. Her insights and successes, against all odds, are a fascinating part of this book.
This Chinese proverb, "When leaves fall down they return to their roots", described her life. It left me anxious to find out what was coming next. For more on this book see web site www.
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
They had two children, Franklin and Susan Jun-qing. When Susan arrived, she was too young and too close to Aunt Baba to recognise and like her mother, Prosperi, who thus beat her soundly in frustration. Yen Mah intervened, leading Niang to declare that she would never forgive her. At the age of fourteen, as her autobiography states, Yen Mah won a play-writing competition for her work Gone With the Locusts, and her father allowed her to study in England with James. University[ edit ] Yen Mah left for the United Kingdom in August , and studied medicine at the London Hospital Medical School , eventually establishing a medical practice in California. Before the start of her career in the United States, she had a brief relationship with a man named Karl, and practised medicine in a Hong Kong hospital at the behest of her father, who refused to give her air fare when she expressed plans to move to America. She has stated in an interview with the South China Morning Post that her father wanted her to become an obstetrician in the belief that women wanted treatment only from a female doctor, but as she hated obstetrics she became an anaesthesiologist instead.
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