It made my blood boil. She makes it her mission to see that the children understand early and completely that they are not to be seen or heard. When Adeline became a sixth former at Sheng Xin Sacred Heart Primary School, a democratic election was held in their class to see who would be their class president and head girl of the whole school. Adeline struggles for acceptance and overcomes all the odds to prove her worth. With hidden meaning and time period controversy, fairy tales can have a political or dark side to them that can be overlooked as children. You made her go away.
She was separated from her aunt who was the only one who believed that she was special. Chapter 16: Hong Kong Uncle Jean, Aunt Reine, Victor and Claudine cousins of Adeline and Adeline took a boat to sail to Hong Kong. August 1945, almost eight years old. I recommend this book to people who would like to discover how it feels to be unwanted and truely sad. The Chinese Cinderella was a really touching and interesting story.
She did not ask for help but…. It made my blood boil. Whenever Adeline had such thoughts aunt Baba always reminded of what a strong wonderful child she was. It deals with child abuse--particularly emotional abuse. Adeline is like Cinderella at home when Adeline goes to school. Wu Chun Mei being the great friend that she was, would even give up her chauffeured ride to school to walk with Adeline because Adeline knew better than to ride with her. Even after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Japanese occupation of Tianjin, the French Concession was still governed by French officials.
Sorry if I offended in any way but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. In Asian culture,and especially in the past, people lived their lives around the idea of collectivism; how can you preserve your family name. Yen Mah crafts her tale in a way that makes it unique yet relatable all at once, maintaining her Chinese culture while connecting readers to her journey. Her father, who was called Joseph Yen, was forced to share his prosperous business with the Japanese. My, even a big house! She would feel bewildered and frightened at the same time as she was being punished from negligence by her father and stepmother. Everyone fled to places like Hong Kong to escape the Communists. Instead, I could be anybody I wished to be.
I am not good at writing. It's sad that she is so negative in response to the circumstances of her myriad misfortunes. The author recreates moments of cruelty and victory so convincingly that readers will feel almost as if they're in the room with her. Adeline struggles to grow when the days past. Chinese Cinderella is an autobiography. But you can figure out the answer to questions you have during the story, in the end which is want any person would want.
Adeline pours her heart and soul in her books, and often reflects on her love of reading, with passages that any book-lover will immediately understand, and any reluctant reader will hopefully take into account. Adeline is born into wealthy and powerful family in China, but her life is a struggle from the moment she is born, as mother dies after her birth due to complications with the delivery. Adeline An autobiography of the little Adeline growing up in her family whom are unwilling to raise her and unwelcoming her presence. This riveting memoir of a turbulent childhood is enriched by Chinese-language lessons, a generous historical backdrop, and a half-dozen family photos; baldly expository dialogue is its only real flaw. She outperforms her peers on every level.
Adeline was as much disliked as she was ignored and neglected by her family. The rest of her story can be found in: Falling Leaves. I love depressing books, and I expected to love this one. The fairy tale genre of stories has become a big part of society, even though they originated hundreds of years ago. I never spoke of my family; neither issued nor accepted any invitations outside the school; and always refused to eat the candies or snacks brought by my friends. Adeline hopes that she can get her father's attention by doing well in school, but the world intervenes.
Encouragement trom her Aunt Baba and Ye Ve Grandfather was er only source ot strength. I devoured this story all the way home and was finish with it by the time we pulled into the driveway with only the thought of how how hard Yen Mah's life must've been as a child. There are no warnings, except that this is an extrememly emotional book. On one occasion, Adeline was elected to be class president. She has to deal with loneliness and despair, but throughout the story she never gives up hope, that someday, somehow, things will get better.
She has to learn to depend on herself as there was often no one to help her. It does not happen without sweat, tears, and pain, but it is possible. At age eight, Adeline was given a duckling, the only one left after all her siblings had picked their choice. She had many more test to face on the path of learning. This is a sad and heartwarming story so please read it. January 9, 2000 Reviewer: Readers Review posted on Amazon.