A somewhat different take on the experience of growing up Chinese-American. This is the true story of a woman who wants to set the record straight; of her journey from racial harassment on the playground and living in the the back room of her parents' Chinese restaurant, to her eventual graduation from Harvard. To quote her introduction: "We didn't sustain ourselves with ancient fables and Confucian proverbs. Instead, we watched Gunsmoke on TV...The adults spent their free time betting on horses..."
I enjoyed this book. A memoir to break the stereotypes of the "model minority". True to life-one person's story of growing up chinese in America.
I enjoyed this book. Avery interesting view of a chinese-american family.
THis writer is a wonderful story teller of her life..lets face it,two kinds of authors, the kind that make you feel you are "right there" as they describe their childhood, then teen years, etc. and you cant hardly put it down, and there are writers that ought not to publish their autobiographies, due to lack of talent. These people came over to Denver, from China, and I have loved reading about her life..especially when as a 7 or 8 yr old, she tells about starting to ride the bus and "go to church"..for "Bible hour", loved it so much, she obtained permission from her mother to also attend on Sundays.She memorizes the names of the Books of the New testament, and songs and scriptures, but, at home she sees her mother doing her devotion to another "god" maybe bhudda..well, I can assure you this is a very very good book! I have ran out of space in my home for more books to collect, or I would keep this to read in a few years again, but being I am 65, those years might not be mine to have, hence I am trading it for someone else to enjoy :)