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  • Published: Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, c2007.
  • Year Published: 2007
  • Description: 315 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 1594868115
  • 159486456X
  • 9781594864568


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The eighth promise : an American son's tribute to his Toisanese mother

by Lee, William Poy, 1950-

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A Chinese village, a Chinese-American community

This book is well chosen for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. In my book club, I heard repeatedly the reaction I had--this is a vivid account of much that I never knew about the culture that accompanied the Chinese who came to America to live. It is, further, a glimpse inside the constricted community life in San Francisco's Chinatown.
Told in terms of the members of Lee's family, it is sympathetic and convincing as it tells their story alternately in the voices of the son and his mother. She keeps her Eighth Promise to raise a Chinese family, even as she finds her American personality in Reno gambling casinos. Her American children give small nod to being Chinese as they respond to the politics of minority experience in the era of the sixties Civil Rights movement.

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