FALLING LEAVES BOOK
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Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter [Adeline Yen Falling Leaves and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Though called a memoir, Adeline Yeh Ma's Falling Leaves is really a historical account of the past years in China craftily written through the eyes of a young . Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter. Adeline Yen Mah, Author, Adeline Yen Mah, Author John Wiley & Sons $ (p) ISBN.
Discuss the social hierarchy of the Yen household.
How did Adeline fit in? How about Ye Ye and Aunt Baba?
Of the many instances of cruelty that Adeline faced as a child, which ones affected you most strongly? How about with her grandfather Ye Ye? What factors motivated this change?
Why was medical school such an appropriate place for her? How did the author change during her stay in Britain? How is she different? How is she the same? How does this affect her career path? How does it affect her relationship with her father and stepmother? Discuss these changes and what brought them about.
Why do you think the author became involved with Karl and Byron? Why do these relationships turn out the way they do? What about her relationship with Bob?
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Compare and contrast them. Throughout the story Adeline comes across as a remarkable individual. She is possessed of remarkable strength, resilience, and compassion. Is there any precedent for this in her family?
Discuss how the members of the family react to them. How are they different? How are they similar? In the end, everyone becomes powerless in the face of Niang: Why is this?
Even after her death she still is trying to manipulate the children. To what degree is she victorious? To what degree does she fail and why?
What is your final impression of Niang and of her children? How do you think they came to be this way? To what degree is this account of an abusive childhood universal? 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.
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.
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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. 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. This book is one that I didn't want to put down.My negative point of view is that I find children who keep chasing their parents' love and approval annoying.
The detailed background she displays to the reader about her father, grandfather, and grandaunt creates that illusion of comfort that she will be afford when she born. How did Adeline fit in? A heartrending modern-day Cinderella story set against the turbulence of twentieth-century China.
Be smart. She and her brothers were forced to walk nearly three miles to school. Adeline did a good job of making this tale comprehensible, and she deserves credit for that.
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Her insights and successes, against all odds, are a fascinating part of this book. Despite the cruelty she experienced, Adeline was always looking for acceptance and the best in other people. Adeline Yen Mah's memoir is interesting from several vantage points:
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