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The Concubine's Children
The Concubine's Children
Author: Denise Chong
ISBN-13: 9780670829613
ISBN-10: 0670829617
Publication Date: 1/1/1995
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 5
Fascinating story about the author's mother and her life as a Chinese-Canadian. She was the daughter of a concubine to a Chinese man who chased the dream of a better life for his family by coming to the West to work. Through the whole time that Hing (Winnie as her English name) was growing up, she was aware that she had sisters and a half-brother in China - the "other" family. However, she did not meet with her Chinese family until she was an older adult. While full of tragedy, the story is not seeking sympathy, just telling what happened in the lives of both families - the one in China and the one in Canada. Good insight into traditional views of Chinese family structure as well.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is an incredible book. Some of the people you will love; you will hate others. But they survive with absolutely nothing but endurance and resolve. I couldn't put it down. This is an oversized paperback edition.
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Helpful Score: 1
A portrait of a family living on two sides of the globe. Chan Sam, a Chinese peasant moves to the New World leaving his "at-home" wife to raise their son and the concubine's two Canadian-born children. May-ying is the concubine who supports Chan Sam, his family in China, and their third daughter, Hing, the author's mother.
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Helpful Score: 1
Good social information, but not as interesting as it might have been.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellently written. The story of a Chinese family split between Canada and China. Very moving. Written in the style of a novel. Very smooth.
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Good read
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The story of a Chinesefamily living on two sides of the globe