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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There is much about the conflict between the Thta China ways and the New Canada ways. The family is made up of a father, his young son and his mother or As she is know Poh Poh.

I forgot much of the Jade Peony and may reread it to remind myself of how the other three children’s views compare with this one. Each member of the family comes to Canada with a different purpose.

As I pressed a hand over each small ear to dim the dhoy of squawking gulls, fragments of living sky swirled and plunged into the waste spewing from the ship’s belly, and the sun broke through.

The story is set on a different time period, so I haven’t expected this.

I enjoyed The Jade Peony but I loved this! The differences are there, but I still empathize with the characters. I was aided by modern technologies and more open-minded people. Want to Read saving…. Kiam Kim, Jenny, Jack, Sekky etc.

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He consulted Chinatown’s Madame Jing, who set up her fortune-telling table in Market Alley and had known him since he first arrived in Gold Mountain. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher. A former award-winning novel, The Jade Peony is another recommended read. With my eyes following the great billows of smoke, I heard clearly the echoing screech of wheels.


Chinese migrants provided so much labour and rich culture to Tbat but were often not accepted into society as full equals.

I was not disappointed. This continuation of the Chen family’s struggle in a new world is written in Kiam Kim, the first sons’ voice as he climbs aboard a ship to sail to Vancouver where he matures and grows to adulthood.

The end is a bit too tied with pretty ribbon for me, but it is okay — there are some questions left to answer. Place a Hold You must be logged in first. By the thta the book ended there was plenty of room left for a third novel, which I hope happens. It isand because of famine and civil war in Msttersthey have left their village in Toishan province to become the new family of Third Uncle, a wealthy businessman whose own wife and son are dead.

All at once, the world grew more immense and even stranger than I could ever have imagined; I ducked my head to one side and burrowed blindly into Poh-Poh’s jacket. Sincehe has been a professor at Humber College and also a faculty member of the Humber School for Writers.

I think I’ve read this book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Kiam-Kim, along with his father and Poh-Poh his grandmother have come to this new land to begin life again.


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He confronted a chilling fact: Third Uncle was not my father’s brother. I was aided by modern technologies and more open-minded peop As somebody who immigrated to Vancouver with his matterd inI find this book both touching and humbling. What an enjoyable story. Retrieved 25 July Unfortunately it took me a long time to get through it as life interrupted my reading.

Open Preview See a Problem? Poh-Poh seeks to escape her past as a child slave while reminding her family to watson Chinese. Sales and Marketing Manager Toronto. Sometimes dialogue is repeated verbatim to emphasize a shared experience between characters.

Kiam-Kim simply longs to fit into this new land. It’s not truly a sequel as the events are contemporary with those in, “The Jade Peony,” but told from the missing point of view: I This sequel to The Jade Peony was terrific, though it took me about 50 pages to get into it.

May 16, Sandie rated it really liked it Shelves: To change this data, submit a Change of Address request, or contact your local library for assistance. As in reading The Jade Peony, many memories resurfaced of living in the Vancouver area mattets spending much time in Chinatown.

Choi, Susan, Published: Meanwhile, China is suffering during the Japanese invasion of Manchuriaand soon the whole world is at war. Isn’t it disgusting that even today humans segregate by vision?!