Girl In Translation Author:Jean Kwok Introducing a fresh, exciting Chinese-American voice, an inspiring debut about an immigrant girl forced to choose between two worlds and two futures. When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the eve... more »nings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition -- Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.
Through Kimberly's story, author Jean Kwok, who also emigrated from Hong Kong as a young girl, brings to the page the lives of countless immigrants who are caught between the pressure to succeed in America, their duty to their family, and their own personal desires, exposing a world that we rarely hear about. Written in an indelible voice that dramatizes the tensions of an immigrant girl growing up between two cultures, surrounded by a language and world only half understood, Girl in Translation is an unforgettable and classic novel of an American immigrant-a moving tale of hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation.« less
I absolutely loved this book. Beautifully written debut effort. The immigrant story and Kimberly's journey resonated with me on so many levels. My father, too, worked in a factory as a child. We, too, lived in poverty in NYC in cold water flats barely scraping by. I, too, excelled in school and was offered a full scholarship to a prestigious preparatory school. But, unlike Kimberly, I didn't grab the opportunity. I admired Kimberly's persistance and dedication as she struggles to carve a new life for herself and her mother through her hard work and study. I cheered for her, cried for her and will never forget her story. I look forward to Ms. Kwok's next effort with anticipation. Very highly recommended!
Loved, loved, loved this book! As an avid reader, I had a feeling that this book would turn out the way it did, except it managed to exceed my expectations! It is a beautiful story, filled with so many emotions and life lessons. I have learned that no matter what cards you have been dealt, nothing is off limits when have the determination to succeed. I highly recommend this book - you will not be disappointed!
I found this story to be tragic and up lifting at the same time. The story is told by Kim, a young Chinese girl, who comes to the US with her mother, they end up working in her Aunt's factory, which is nothing more than a sweat shop. Kim turns out to be an amazingly smart girl, and through her hard work an amazing story is told.
Girl in Translation is the coming-of-age story of Kimberly Chang, who emigrates with her mother from Hong Kong to New York. Author Jean Kwok successfully transports the reader to the dusty, oppressive sweatshop and heatless, bug-infested apartment where Kimberly and her mother work and live. Thanks to her superior intelligence and hard work, Kimberly overcomes the obstacles and isolation she faces in school and slowly climbs out from extreme poverty to successful adulthood, but not without heartbreaking choices. Knowing that Kwok had similar life experiences added to the profoundness of this debut novel.