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Fifth Chinese Daughter


SAP The memoirs of a young woman relate how she and her fmaily manage to keep their Chinese heritage alive while adapting to the American way of life.

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  • Misleading blurb Sep 13, 2007
    by Arnold

    Looking under 'ceramics' , the blurb gave the impression that this was a story about a potter in China. I had the impression that it was a historical novel set within the lively and complex ceramic history of China. Hoping to learn more about this extensive subject I read with interest , to have that turned over as it is set in America and only right at the end is potting mentioned. The blurb is misleading as this is a personal narrative of a Chinese girl growing up in America within a traditional family and her struggle for some independence. Its Ok, not very interesting, nothing momentous and for those looking for something on ceramics - a complete let-down. It should not be in this category but in biographies.

  • S.F. Chinatown Aug 10, 2007
    by leeandrosie54@comcast.net

    If you want to know what life was like for a young Chinese girl in San
    Francisco's China Town, this is the book to read. This is
    autobiographical and takes place in the 1930's and onward . The Chinese
    customs adhered to and brought to the USA help us to understand what
    frustrations Chinese girls had in those years. The sons were honored
    and spoiled, the daughters were expected to just do what they were told
    to do...........particularly hard for a FIFTH Chinese daughter.

  • Great Read! Jun 14, 2007
    by germanjewel2

    I had to read this book for an English seminar and I really enjoyed it. It was particularly interesting to observe the way in which the author stresses the fluidity of the American and Chinese culture. In fact she suggests that the two cultures compliment one another.

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