Since I read The Chinese Cinderella first so the Falling Leaves doesnt seem as interesting. Add to this the Chinese revolution, the rise of Hong Kong after 1949 and the Cultural Revolution, and Falling Leaves is a good introduction to the realities of being Chinese in the modern sense. In the end, she was able to make a success out of her life. However, besides that, i did feel as if the book lacked a lot of substance. In her attempt to unspoil and teach the children important values, Niang set very strict rules on the children and would verbally and physically abuse them as punishment.
At the end though, I still didn't. I feel that anyone that reads this book can a learn a lesson about adversity and feel inspired to accomplish their desires. You must rely on yourself. At some point they've got to stop controlling the inside of your head. Although this book was difficult at times to read, the author did keep me fascinated with her story.
I didn't like how Adeline made herself out to be this perfect little angel who gave to everyone and just kept getting shit on. Aunt Baba provided her Adeline with comfort and made encouraged to take pride in her abilities and accomplishments. But her story is really about yearning for love and acceptance in an extremely difficult family and ultimately the will to survive and triumph. That question isn't answered in this book. Falling leaves is the real story but for adults.
Adeline's innocent and understandably bewildered blundering through her early life is bad enough, but the story gets even more twisted as it goes along. Wonderful story of a wealth Chinese family in Hong Kong and their compelling customs and rivalry and difficulties with Chinese authorities. They're biased against it because they say there's too much tiresome summary: this happened, and then this happened, and so on. Had she not escaped to America, where she experienced a fulfilling medical career and a happy marriage, her story would be unbearable; instead, it's grimly fascinating: Falling Leaves is an Asian Mommie Dearest. What made you decide there was a film in the story? Written with the emotional force of a novel but with a vividness drawn from a personal and political background. Adeline's innocent and understandably bewildered blundering through her early life is bad enough, but the story gets e This is a bio with a particularly brutal twist.
I don't know why the author kept expecting that to change. Thanks to the one-child policy of China, many families with only a daughter were willing to resort to child trafficking to have a son. This is nothing against Ms. Despite her repeated denial not only here but also in her other book, A , I can't help but feeling that this particular book is her little revenge. Their stepmother doesn't like them and treat them way too unfairly compare to her own children. It's her story of overcoming loneliness and despair resulting from a traumatic childhood.
Falling leaves is Chinese Cinderella is based on this book. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. The author is about the same age as my mother, and this gave a context for me. When the youngest is born, the woman dies from complications, and the man in his loneliness quickly finds another woman to marry. Well written, some good descriptions. 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. The things that happened to her as a child were sad and horrible, but I don't understand why you would ever purposely keep going back to a family who despised you as an adult when she wasn't dependent upon them.
Western readers may find some difficulty understanding the cultural references. I think she overcame many obsticles and I look up to her in that reguard. It reminded me in some weird way, of the autobio of Robin Quivers I read decades ago. I don't think anyone can argue that this family is ridiculously dysfunctional, with Niang being the sort of psychopathic mastermind behind all of it. Which her rich father got another wife that is half french. Adeline Yen Mah paints herself as a saint while bitterly recalling every injustice she endured throughout her childhood. I don't think it's selfish, because hello, you were abused for years and your parents are loaded, certainly you're entitled to hope that at least when they kick it you'll get something out of it - but at the same time, I can't really relate to someone who would even want a cent of that kind of person's money, especially when they already made a great living completely on their own merit.
Dimension: 196 x 130 x 19. Those who dare to protest are disowned and disinherited. But overall this memoir lacked themes and was too jumbled for me to appreciate. We use this information to create a better experience for all users. It didn't get better for Adeline and she did not find love with either her dad or stepmother or with any of her 6 brothers and sisters.
In fact, no one cared except for you. I enjoy reading about people from cultures other than my own and Mrs. And for this reason it's difficult for this reader to completely trust or sympathize with her account. The children each react to oppress This book is by no means a feel-good memoir in almost any sense, as the dominating character---the author's stepmother---is on a par with any evil character conjured in fables or by Disney. She and her brothers were forced to walk nearly three miles t This memoir of an unwanted Chinese daughter failed to fully gain my sympathy for its author. Through it all, Adeline never stops longing for her family's love and acceptance.
Feedback If you need help or have a question for Customer Service,. What did you think it was going to be? It was gratifying to learn that the approval she so desperately needed was found in the end when reading her father's will. Adeline Yen Mah's memoir is interesting from several vantage points: spanning her childhood in china, young adulthood in England and the remainder of her life in California, her story is one that lends great context to the pre-world war 2 china and it's transition to communism following the revolution. More examples of this idiom in use can be found on FluentU —. Her mother died shortly thereafter and her father married a woman who would become Adeline's wicked stepmother. She was constantly a victim to everyone in her family, yet kept going back for more abuse. Thankfully Adeline found some encouragement from an aunt.