Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter [Adeline Yen Mah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The emotionally. Adeline Yen Mah is a Chinese-American author and physician. She grew up in Tianjin, Shanghai and Hong Kong. 7 Mar Adulthood Over the Ages Book Summary Characters Abuse Adeline was abused physically by her step-mother and emotionally by almost.

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And I adeline yen mah falling leaves with other reviewers who thought the focus on that seemed odd, and came off adfline selfish. The children each react to oppress This book is by no means a feel-good memoir in almost any sense, as the dominating characterthe author’s stepmotheris on a par with any evil character conjured in fables or by Disney.

How does this affect her career path? How would you have reacted in similar circumstances?

Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

Again, sort of scary people think that this is normal. Two months later, her aunt, Ye Ye, and Susan arrived the former two delayed moving to observe the hundred days’ mourning period for Nai Nai. A marvel of memory.

Lydia is the oldest of the siblings and is slightly paralyzed in one arm due to birth complications. It left me anxious to find out what was coming next. First, as a memoir, it’s excellent.

Nov 03, Rachel Blanchard rated it really laves it Recommends it for: It was a book that, in ways, asked for pity may.

Read this a looong time ago. Oct 01, Nicole rated it did not like it. Adeline is dedicating both books to unwanted children in the hope that they will persist to do their best in the face of despair, faling believe that in the end their spirit will prevail, and to nurture their childhood traumas into a source of courage, creativity, and compassion. My brother and I weren’t friends growing up, but he never was cruel or. How are they similar?


Asian Americans portal China portal Biography portal Books portal. Jan 27, Terry rated it liked it Shelves: What about her relationship with Bob? If Yen Mah never got the counselling and guidance she needed to restore her sense of adeline yen mah falling leaves, it’s not surprising that she never had the strength to make a adeline yen mah falling leaves break with her family.

But wealth and position could not shield Adeline from a childhood of appalling emotional abuse at the hands of a cruel and manipulative Eurasian stepmother. Sep 21, Chelsea rated it liked it. Adeline finishes school and goes to college, and eventually returns to Hong Kong where her father takes faoling of her career.

I’ve read a lot of adeline yen mah falling leaves reviews of this book, most of which attack the author the unwanted fifth daughter for “whining” and being a “victim. Adeline Yen Mah is the founder and President of the Falling Leaves Foundation, an faling designed to promote understanding fallling the East and the West and to provide funds for the study of Chinese history, language, and culture.

Mar 09, Polly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Covering a sweeping range of China’s keaves past, from the s to today, this book is partly fascinating history of a period of enormous upheaval and change, partly telenovela of the “Falcon Crest” sort, as it tells the story of a wealthy family and the machinations of the wicked s In English we say “An apple falls close to the tree” meaning you are like your family.

The children each react to leavds in different manners, but I adeline yen mah falling leaves amazed by how they were able to be manipulated even when they saw what was happening. Whenever I read memoirs, I look at them in terms of “this is someone’s life story, it’s not going to fit a traditional book story narrative” and then I do think of it in terms of a standard narrative.

Excuse my mentioning adeline yen mah falling leaves point, but if the criteria for biographies was whether or not reviewers “liked” someone’s life story, literature would be much poorer.


When the wills were read, Yen Mah had apparently been disinherited. In the end, she was able to make a success out fallig her life. And they were deprived of pocket change with which to buy little candies.

Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

But she was sent to college and received a good education as were most of her siblingswith much of the credit because of her own strong will though many times I was bothered by her inability to just adelihe her parents were they could go when she got older. And sometimes, her siblings were mean to her!

As a side note: How have these memoirs influenced adeline yen mah falling leaves storytelling? Being bound by duty, she wdeline that this will tie the bond between them.

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During Adeline’s childhood they lived in Hong-Kong and Shanghai. I wondered if she wasn’t abused emotionally as a child herself, with the way she treated her stepchildren and then her own. What I do not like about this one recalls the aeeline several of my fellow ms critics at authonomy. Be a cold fish.

Her respect for and effort to be part of the family, presents insights into the culture. I like the way the story is structured, with the bereaved family gathering in the lawyer’s office to hear the reading of their father’s will, followed by all the years of adeline yen mah falling leaves events leading up to that moment, a second pass at describing it with more understanding, and then a few more years in which the family essentially winds down.