Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Chinese Cinderella, by Adeline Yen Mah

In this book Adeline Yen Mah (her Chinese name is Jun-ling) describes her life in China during the Second World War. She was born into a rich and privileged family but was thought to be bad luck due to the death of her mother during complications in giving birth to her. She was neglected by her father, Joseph Yen, a successful businessman, and her brothers and sisters. When her father remarried, "Niang" (Mother) treats her and her siblings coldly while spoiling her own children and Jun-ling's older sister. Eventually she is sent to live at a boarding school in Hong Kong, where she is really happy. Her friends become suspicious because no-one visits her or brings her gifts.
A very interesting and informative read.
Mrs Greenfield

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