Paper Daughter: A Memoir

by M. Elaine Mar

Hardcover, 1999




New York : HarperCollins, 1999.


A woman born in Hong Kong shares her life story, describing her family's move to Denver when she was five and the resulting conflict between her own desires to adopt American culture and her mother's wish to maintain traditional Chinese values.

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LibraryThing member autumnesf
This book is written by a woman that moved to the states from China when she was about 4/5 years old. It was a very easy and fast read. What you learn from this book is mostly how she was treated growing up in the American schools and how she tried to fit it. Alot of her experiences wouldn't relate
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to raising our adopted children as she had to live with her Chinese parents and their old ideas while trying to fit in our society. Her parents never even learned to speak English in all the years they lived here. It was a good book, but it doesn't relate much to our adoptions beyond the teasing and not fitting in well in the school system - but I think we are all pretty well prepared for some version of this already.
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LibraryThing member mbmackay
Another "Joy Luck Club" tale of the Asian migrant experience - but not as well written.
Read in Samoa Feb 2003



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