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Through Chinese Cinderella, I hope not only to intrigue you with the plight of a little girl growing up in China, but also to interest you in her language, history and . This book is the moving autobiography of a young Chinese girl, Adeline Yen Mah. The book was written following the successful publication of Adeline Yen Mah’s first autobiography, Falling Leaves, which details the years of Adeline’s life from fourteen years of age into. WRITTEN BY SUSAN LA MARCA. Page 1. Chinese Cinderella. Adeline Yen Mah . This book is the moving autobiography of a young Chinese girl, Adeline Yen.

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TEACHING GUIDE. NOTE TO TEACHERS. Please click on the link to download the PDF. Learn More About Chinese Cinderella · pdf. Share: Share on Facebook. Download Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter Download at: medical-site.info?book= [PDF]. In this poignant and painful coming-of-age memoir set in s China, a girl must overcome the trauma of a childhood dictated by a cruel stepmother and.

Born the fifth child to an affluent Chinese family her life begins tragically. She displayed overt antagonism and distrust towards all of the children, particularly Adeline, whilst favoring her own younger son and daughter born soon after the marriage. Denied love from her parents, she finds some solace in relationships with her grandfather Ye Ye, and her Aunt Baba, but they are taken from her. Adeline immerses herself in striving for academic achievement in the hope of winning favour, but also for its own rewards as she finds great pleasure in words and scholarly success. The pain felt by Adeline is acute and permeates almost every scene in the book. The story is, at times, a catalogue of one unhappy incident after another. Some events that display her anguish are particularly violent, cruel and senseless, as in the episode when her duck, PLT, is killed by the dog p. Adeline is an unwanted, even unnoticed daughter. An unnecessary and crushing remark made at a most difficult time. Adeline suffers constant rejection from her stepmother but perhaps it is the indifference of her father that crushes Adeline more brutally. Most telling is the scene in the plane p. She is a forgotten child to him. Her self-loathing and doubt are often intensely felt: Adeline writes:

It relies on the memories of Adeline presenting us vignettes. Unloved and unwanted by my own parents!

How long did it take for a person to die of shame. Structure This autobiography is written in chronological order. I loathe myself. I felt I was being skinned alive. Characters The characters in any autobiography are seen through the eyes of.

Adeline felt: Sunday July 14th. Her voice comes through vividly in her writing. As with narrative.

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The book is a series of small windows into how Adeline was feeling at the time. Upon hearing of her writing competition win. Adeline describes tremendous lows. Page 3. Possible texts that are part of this genre. To her: This pattern of being noticed only for academic success is recurrent throughout the book.

Whilst the younger children. Whilst their younger brother fourth brother has the latest page-boy haircut and a navy jacket with matching trousers. Why is this relationship difficult and changeable?

Page 4. Any bonds. Whilst Adeline appears to crave the approval of her father. Yen is thoughtless of others. Calculating and manipulative. Neglected and starved of affection. Adeline feels close to her third brother.

Niang is the stereotypical evil stepmother. A source of cruel and cold treatment for all of her step-children. Adeline says: Continually abandoning Adeline. Theirs was the gaze that glances but does not see. At times indulgent. Certainly Adeline cannot understand how her grandfather has been made to feel dependent. She is going to be different! He says: Adeline describes the circumstances that lead to her closeness to Aunt Baba.

Aunt Baba Aunt Baba is a fascinating. Being top of your class merely confirms this. She is portrayed as both manipulative and manipulated. Partly this is cultural. For most of the novel she is symbolic of the arranged marriage that Adeline wishes desperately to avoid for herself.

You have your whole life ahead of you.

Towards the end of the book. But you can vanquish the demons only when you yourself are convinced of your own worth. She says: She too. Everything is possible! Through the eyes of Adeline we see that her grandfather tries to alleviate some of what she.

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How do her experiences and her lifestyle contrast with the same areas of life for a student living in Australia in the year ? At the Page 6. As Adeline enters the Peninsula hotel with Niang she sees a girl for sale p. Are there similarities between this and other cultures you are aware of? Adeline is almost a pariah in Chinese culture. Read the description of the Shanghai streets p. Lifestyle Though obviously neglected and deprived in some senses.

Can you contrast this with the life Adeline leads? Though these events certainly affected her life and that of her family at the time. How are they part of Adeline and her families lives? Ye Ye has changed. Whilst Adeline is unceremoniously placed in a convent boarding school in Tianjin p. Historical context From page Adeline describes.

Adeline is part of an affluent family. Suzanne Fisher Staples Shabanu: What should I do? I was becoming panic-stricken and felt tears rolling down my cheeks. Cook shrugged. No one mentioned anything to me about you.

Don't cry! Being late for school isn't the end of the world.. Come along then! Sit here quietly and don't squirm. We'll be there in no time at all. One by one they were greeted and led away by their anxiously hovering mothers. Eventually, I was the only one left. Nobody had come for me. The metal gate slowly clanged shut behind me as I watched my classmates disperse, each clutching her mother's hand and eagerly recounting the adventures of her first day at school.

After a long time, I peered through a crack into the deserted playground. Not a person was in sight. Cautiously, I pushed against the massive iron gate. It was firmly locked.

Trembling with fear, I realized that nobody was coming to pick me up. Too embarrassed to knock or draw attention to myself, I walked out tentatively into the Shanghai streets.

Surely, if I tried hard enough, I would remember the way home. It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon. At first I wandered along a wide, straight road lined with tall, leafy trees. Motor cars, trams, rickshaws, pedicabs and bicycles whizzed by.

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I kept walking but dared not cross the road, glancing briefly at the open-fronted stores overhung with colorful, upright, bilingual sign boards. I turned a corner and now the pavements seethed with people and noise and commotion: coolies shouldering heavy loads on bamboo poles; hawkers selling toys, crickets in cages, fans, cold tea, candies, meat-filled buns, spring rolls, tea-eggs and fermented bean curd; stalls and booths offering services such as hair-cuts, shaves, dental care, letter-writing, extraction of ear wax; beggars banging tin cups and chanting for a handout.

Except for me, everyone was striding along purposefully, going somewhere. Everyone had a destination. I must have walked for miles and miles. But where was I?

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