Kiam-Kim is three years old when he arrives by ship at Gold Mountain with his father and his grandmother, Poh-Poh, the Old One. It is , and because of. Summary. “A new book from Choy is an event. His writing has a quiet integrity and an exquisite grace.”–Maclean’s Winner of the Trillium Book Award. All that matters by wayson choy. NATASHA LEMIRE-WAITE. Vancouver Chinatown ‘s – 40’s. Immigrating to Canada. Kiam-Kims.
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Much later, I learned that before he had put up the money and bought the documents for us to join him in Vancouver, Third Uncle had to consider the feelings of his dead wife.
I loved the subtext in the early chapters where Kiam is telling of incidents and comments made by his family – esp Poh Poh – without understanding what is really being said. This book is an essential Canadian read taking place in Chinatown before and during WWII, and I recommend it especially for anyone interested in immigration studies, and diaspora.
He is pulled in both directions while he works to find a comfortable medium. Marters for telling us about the problem.
Escaping a China that has begun to collapse under economic pressure and the military might of Japan, they come to a country that is unsure how to handle a growing Chinese presence. Design and Production Manager Toronto.
All That Matters illustrates this and also the importance of family and family alliances in maintaining the community. A heart-warming book, very matfers but a little lacking in wason. I did finish the book and it was a great way to tie up threads and see another side of the Chen family. May 16, Sandie rated it really liked it Shelves: However, it is also true that my own experience was far easier than what this book depict.
The family is made up of a father, his young son and his mother or As she is know Poh Poh. Perhaps this can be natters related to males who read this book, but as prov A Canadian great!
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In response, the ship blew waysonn horn again. More than anything else, the novel is an exploration of his character. Usele A heart-warming book, very engaging but a little lacking in narrative. When you read a novel, that’s the best thing to happen. There is so much authenticity to the distinct characters, dialogue and interaction. Do not drown in the past.
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Aug 03, Peter B rated it really liked it. Life in Canada did i The migrants to Canada have contributed so much to our nation but often were not recognized or accepted into society easily.
Life in Canada did improve for these immigrants after the war and I hope we have evolved as a nation since then so that the ‘resident alien’ can more easily become full citizens and not remain in a virtual limbo as in the past. That fact alone has prompted me to find more his works. Paperbackpages.
The air tasted of burning coal. Ancient tradition, modern troubles, racial tension, and the struggles of immigrants to fit into a new As soon as Magters found out Wayson Choy wrote a sequel to, “The Jade Peony,” I immediately downloaded it and started reading.
Nov 14, Tracie rated it it was matterss Shelves: That came to a shocking end. This is a novel that beautifully portrays the conflict between retaining a native culture while embracing the new. Refresh and try again.
Place a Hold You must be logged in first. He has appeared in Unfolding the Butterfly, a full-length bio-documentary by Michael Glassbourg, and was recently a host on the co-produced China-Canada film In Search of Confucius. But I was not thinking of trains. Nov 06, Vionna rated it matterss liked it.
Chinese migrants provided so much labour and rich culture to Canada but were often not accepted into society as full equals. A former award-winning novel, The Jade Peony is another recommended read.
All That Matters is a novel by Wayson Choy. Kiam-Kim is three years old when he arrives by ship at Gold Mountain with his father and his grandmother, Poh-Poh.
I did not find the writing especially beautiful, though. It was bittersweet but the rest of the book was as well so that fit in.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The time period is late twenties to late forties and gives an excellent picture of the culture of Chinatown—at least from the perspective of a p Author of the Jade Peony, this novel is apparently a sequel. I was kind of disappointed in the ending though, it seemed to just drift off. However, Choy has written a remarkable second novel. Dec 23, Lisa Llamrei rated it it was amazing Shelves: Writing from the viewpoint of the young mattera Kiam-Kim as he grows is a choj choice for Choy.
Summaries and Excerpts: All that matters : a novel / Wayson Choy.
Holes in the histories of certain characters were filled in like the lives of the Stepmother and Po-Po. Readers come to understand the pressures on individuals both within the community and from the outside.
The pressures leading up to and surrounding WW2 are also explored. When I started this book, I first thought, “Hey! Jun 24, Jennifer rated it it was amazing.