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Falling Leaves The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

Free read ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free î Adeline Yen Mah

Anipulative Eurasian stepmother Determined to survive through her enduring faith in family unity Adeline struggled for independence as she moved from Hong Kong to England and eventually to the United States to become a physician and writerA compelling painful and ultimately triumphant story of a girl's journey into adulthood Adelin. This memoir of an unwanted Chinese daughter failed to fully gain my sympathy for its author Adeline Yen Mah was born in 1937 to a wealthy family in Tianjin Her mother died shortly thereafter and her father married a woman who would become Adeline's wicked stepmother When the family moved to Shanghai Adeline was forced to endure the hideousness of her straight Chinese hair when she longed for a perm like the stylish westerns had She and her brothers were forced to walk nearly three miles to school And they were deprived of pocket change with which to buy little candies And sometimes her siblings were mean to her Adeline Yen Mah paints herself as a saint while bitterly recalling every injustice she endured throughout her childhood Yes her stepmother was a cruel bitch from hell but Adeline never shares with her readers anything she ever did to a another human being that she regrets And for this reason it's difficult for this reader to completely trust or sympathize with her account What I did appreciate from this book was the author's constant referral to the economic and political changes that were taking place in China from 1937 to 1994 For this reason I might read some of her other books I feel she has a lot to offer the world through her writing if she could stop obsessing about gaining the love and approval of her flaccid father and her icy stepmother especially when she measures love and approval in terms of how much money is given to her in their respective wills

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E's story is a testament to the most basic of human needs acceptance love and understanding With a powerful voice that speaks of the harsh realities of growing up female in a family and society that kept girls in emotional chains Falling Leaves is a work of heartfelt intimacy and a rare authentic portrait of twentieth century China. This fabulous autobiography is both a Cinderella story and a view into 20th century Chinese life The author was born to a successful family in Shanghai but had the bad luck to be the baby born just before her mother's death She was despised not only by her siblings but by the woman that her father married She spent her young life trying to please her parents and trying to bring her family together It is a portrait of a very dysfunctional family My heart ached for Adeline at the numerous injustices imposed on her by her cruel stepmother Thankfully Adeline found some encouragement from an aunt This autobiography demonstrates how one can overcome hurdles and succeedI enjoyed the vibrant descriptions of Shanghai and the historical information about the changing China from 1920's to today Highly recommend

Free read ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free î Adeline Yen Mah

Born in 1937 in a port city a thousand miles north of Shanghai Adeline Yen Mah was the youngest child of an affluent Chinese family who enjoyed rare privileges during a time of political and cultural upheaval But wealth and position could not shield Adeline from a childhood of appalling emotional abuse at the hands of a cruel and m. Falling Leaves The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter is a look at the culture country and family relationships that just didn't work for any of the children in this wealthy Chinese family especially for one young girl Adeline Yen Mah She was born in 1937 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 When leaves fall down they return to their roots 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 1949 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 during the revolution in China 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 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 She didn’t want to return to her roots but then her real roots were her real roots and those of her own family was her strengthThis book is one that I didn't want to put down It left me anxious to find out what was coming next For on this book see web site wwwconnectedeventsmattercom

  • Paperback
  • 278
  • Falling Leaves The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
  • Adeline Yen Mah
  • English
  • 14 August 2019
  • 9780767903578

About the Author: Adeline Yen Mah

Adeline Yen Mah Chinese Yen Jun ling; Pinyin Mǎ Yán Jūnlíng; Yale Cantonese ma5 yim4 gwan1 ling4 official birthday 30th November 1937 however real birthday not known this is in fact her father's birthday is a Chinese American author and physician She grew up in Tianjin Shanghai and Hong Kong with an older sister Lydia; three older brothers Gregory Edgar and James and a younger half