Book Review: Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah – Trident Media
Read Chinese Cinderella-Niang's diary entry 2 from the story Chinese Cinderella Adeline would also make up excuses that her teacher told her to wear it day and Trust is one of the most important things in a relationship between family. Adeline is forced to fight many emotional battles in order to survive. Despite this, she emerges triumphant. Discuss. or. What role does Ye Ye play in the life of Adeline? She soon lost trust in her Third Brother whom she thought to have . away to an orphanage shows a lot about their family relationship. Aunt Baba is one of the very few people who love Adeline. She is the one, who encourages Adeline to pursue her dreams, unlike her parents.
Back in Shanghai, CC, whose family thinks she has been living with her beloved Big Aunt, is advised to move back home because her stepmother is threatening to accuse her aunt of kidnapping. When CC receives a package from Big Aunt, who has been temporarily living on Nan Tian Island, which incriminates both of them in the rescue of the Americans, her stepmother implies she is going to permanently end CC relationship with her aunt.
CC naturally suspects her stepmother of having a hand in this unusually cruel behavior. Can yet another exciting escape succeed? I thought this was a very interesting tense story, full of adventure, though sometimes the writing was a little too pedantic.
Nevertheless, Yen Mah writes compassionately about these children who are considered to be outcasts by society.
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The tone of the whole story is one of hope and resourcefulness even in the face of brutality, oppression and vindictiveness — by the Japanese occupiers and for CC, also by her stepmother. In the face of all that, friendship, overcoming, and even acceptance become important themes throughout the story.
At the heart of The Secret Dragon Society is the philosophy of Taoism, including the life force Qi pronounced Cheethe Yi Jing or I Chingthe concepts of yin yang, the principles of strength, power and control embedded in kung fu and the Chinese Zodiac. Sometimes this gets complicated. For instance, when CC is told to consult the Yi Jing by casting the yarrow sticks before joining the society, I was totally lost.
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I found the writing confusing here, though it did peak my interest in the Yi Jing and I will probably get more information on it. I am afraid younger readers might just skip over these parts, but hopefully not be discouraged from finishing CCs story.
The central story, the rescue of the Americans, is based on a true event. In AprilJimmy Doolittle actually did lead a bombing raid on Japan, but the outcome was very different than the one in Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society. This book is a historical novel and so there is a Historical Note at the end of the book, which I would recommend reading first. In that way, the reader knows what is factual and what has been fabricated by the author. 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. He promptly send a telegram containing this very simple advice: I don't agree with the practice of mapping out a child's life and, to certain cultures, this may even provoke anger but, knowing the Chinese background, this is hilarious.
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. Despite her repeated denial not only here but also in her other book, A Thousand Pieces of GoldI can't help but feeling that this particular book is her little revenge.
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I also doubt that she sincerely not sore for not getting the huge inheritance. I mean, she mentions it so many times in her book on the excuse that inheritance is her only way of knowing for sure that her parents approve of her but we don't see her youngest sister Susan, who was disowned for bravely walking out the door in rebellion against her birth mother's abuse, whining about exclusion from the inheritance.
No wonder her brother James doesn't speak to her anymore. By writing this book, she, again, defies her father who said: 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.
However, if you can't stand another whine from another Cinderella, skip it. Jones rated it it was amazing 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 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 f 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.
Her respect for and effort to be part of the family, presents insights into the culture.