Girl in Translation

by Jean Kwok | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1616642815 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbooklady331wing of Cape Coral, Florida USA on 4/14/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbooklady331wing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Saturday, April 14, 2012
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Journal Entry 2 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Thursday, September 05, 2013
"Girl in Translation" promised to give a glimpse into the world of Hong Kong immigrants. The characters are not deeply developed. The rich culture of the Chinese community emerges superficially.
Kimberly, a 12 year old when we meet her, and her widowed mother are brought to NYC from Hong Kong by the mother's well-to-do older sister. Her aunt’s fortune was secured by marrying a suitor rejected by Kimberly's mom, who chose to wed for love.

When Kim's father dies, the Aunt sends for them, promising a good life and offering her sister a job tutoring the Aunt's son in Chinese. Turns out, Auntie is jealous and mean-spirited. She places the mother in the garment district sweatshop owned by her husband.

The housing Auntie provides is filthy, unheated and should be condemned. No matter how much they scrimp, how hard they work, there is no chance they'll ever get ahead. To repay this debt it takes years and keeps Kim and her Ma impoverished, hungry, cold and under her aunt’s thumb.

Kim is a brilliant student. She proves to be a genius in science and math, achieving perfect test scores. She is given a scholarship to a high-tone prep school and eventually a full scholarship to Yale It kind of stretches the imagination.

What we lack is any insight into how Kim's mother put food on the table, how they actually lived from day to day, what it was like shopping without knowing the language, what they ate, how the other workers survived.

The end of the book serves as an epilogue; we jump forward 12 years after Kim's acceptance at Yale. To say more would be a spoiler.

This book is at the "young adult" level. I was hoping for more depth.

Journal Entry 3 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (11/1/2013 UTC) at Cape Coral, Florida USA


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Journal Entry 4 by rem_LovesOU at Carrollton, Texas USA on Saturday, November 09, 2013
Thank you booklady331. What a great find when I came home from a stressful work day. Instantly better from a good book in the mailbox!! Looking forward to the read.

Released 4 yrs ago (8/10/2015 UTC) at Tennis center at steamboat springs in Steamboat Springs, Colorado USA


fantastic read. the book is in an book exchange box at the pro shop desk.

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