This enthralling, emotionally wrenching saga of a prosperous Chinese family, living during a time of political upheaval in China, reveals the effects of communism and capitalism on a family caught in the collision of East and West. Photos.This enthralling, emotionally wrenching saga of a prosperous Chinese family, living during a time of political upheaval in China, reveals the effects of communism and capitalism on a family caught in the collision of East and West. Photos.Read Less
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Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter, is simply heart wrenching. It demostrates how culture, beliefs and faith can so destory one little girls'd life. Even though she succeeds in her journey, in the eyes of a family (that should love her) she is still the enemy no matter what she accomplishes in life. This sad, but interesting tale is one that all should read for it shows just how one little girl can overcome all the disapointments in life.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-01-01 Although the focus of this memoir is the author's struggle to be loved by a family that treated her cruelly, it is more notable for its portrait of the domestic affairs of an immensely wealthy, Westernized Chinese family in Shanghai as the city evolved under the harsh strictures of Mao and Deng. Yen Mah's father knew how to make money and survive, regardless of the regime in power. In addition to an assortment of profitable enterprises, he stashed away two tons of gold in a Swiss bank, and eventually the family fled to Hong Kong. But he was indifferent to his seven children and in the thrall of a second wife who makes Cinderella's stepmother seem angelic. His first wife, Yen Mah's mother, died at her birth, and the child, considered an ill omen, was treated with crushing severity. But she was encouraged by the love of an aunt and eventually made her way to the U.S., where she became a doctor, married happily and, ironically, was the one her father and stepmother turned to in their old age. In recounting this painful tale, Yen Mah's unadorned prose is powerful, her insights keen and her portrait of her family devastating. (Mar.)
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