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Judy Fong Bates

Autor(a) de Midnight at the Dragon Café

3+ Works 430 Membros 14 Críticas

About the Author

Includes the name: Judy Fong Bates

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Obras por Judy Fong Bates

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The Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women in English (1999) — Autor, algumas edições29 exemplares

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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1949
Sexo
female
Nacionalidade
China (birth)
Canada
Locais de residência
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ocupações
Writer

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For young Su-Jen, leaving China and moving to Canada opens up a new world – not only a new culture, language, and way of life, but also the complexity of human nature and the relationships in her family. Over the course of this novel, Su-Jen navigates peer friendships, tries to adapt to Canadian society, meets her half-brother, puzzles over the relationship between her mother and father, and begins to realize that her family is presenting a facade to the outside world, underneath which are hidden issues which no one wants to speak aloud.

Teens will relate to Su-Jen as she navigates new and strange situations, and as she unravels the secrets of her family, to her confusion over why her father does not confront her half-brother and mother over their conduct. As she grows older, Su-Jen becomes the bridge between her parents and their community, especially in regards to language and cultural barriers. Some readers who do not have extensive knowledge of Asian societies, may be frustrated at the cultural and family constraints which forbid Su-Jen from exposing her family’s secrets. Despite this familial strife, Su-Jen genuinely cares for her family, and is cared for by them.

The text is replete with descriptions of Chinese culture – food, customs, clothing. The novel is written for an adult audience, but culturally aware senior high students may enjoy it. Others may brush it off as “too foreign” or slow-paced.
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resoundingjoy | 10 outras críticas | Jan 1, 2021 |
Interesting stories about the lives of Chinese immigrants and their children in Canada.
 
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MarthaJeanne | 2 outras críticas | Jan 5, 2016 |
Su-Jen tells her story in a very realistic voice. She and her mom have come to a small town to reunite with her father who owns a small Chinese restaurant. Su-Jen tries to make the best of her dysfunctional family situation. She attends an American school and makes a few friends. Her mother is so unhappy and ends up having an affair with a family member. Su-Jen's mother is miserable from the day she arrives and she lets everyone know about her unhappiness. Su-Jen fades into the background many times and must keep many family secrets. This book is a good coming-of-age story told in the voice of a young Chinese immigrant.… (mais)
 
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bnbookgirl | 10 outras críticas | Dec 31, 2014 |

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Obras
3
Also by
1
Membros
430
Popularidade
#56,815
Avaliação
½ 3.6
Críticas
14
ISBN
16

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