The Concubines Children

by Denise Chong | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by jillmari3 of Lake Worth, Florida USA on 6/2/2005
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12 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by jillmari3 from Lake Worth, Florida USA on Thursday, June 02, 2005
Picked this up at a used bookstore because I saw it on Guinaveve's Wish list, and also thought it would be a great addition to the "You Go Girl!" Bookbox. I am including it, with a note to save (if possible) for Guinaveve herself.

:)

Journal Entry 2 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Monday, June 27, 2005
Thank you. It was so nice to find a book on my wish list in the bookbox. I look forward to reading it. I have recently read other books along these lines and can't help but be fascinated by them.

Journal Entry 3 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Thursday, October 06, 2005
This book was fascinating. It is interesting to read about the lives of people with such different customs, ones that I am mostly unfamiliar with, except through books like this one. I feel so frustrated for the women in this book, leading lives whose paths were chosen for them. Their are countless examples of things that are hard for me to understand. For instance, one woman's husband left her and their four children behind for a mistress. Although man and wife have no contact for 25 years, when the mistress dies and the man falls ill, he writes his wife to announce he will be coming home so that she can care for him until his death. This is not really the main focus of the book, just a side note in the lives of others.
Anyway, the book told of one family living in two parts of the world- China and Canada. The main focus is on the Canadain family because the author is a grand-daughter of the Canadian side of the family and probably knew more history from that aspect. Both aspects of life in Canada and China are well represented. The book is filled with personal history and accounts along with some political background information from both countries which was necessary to understand why people felt the way they did and made some desicions.

This book is part of my challenge- Keep Them Moving Release Challenge. This is a challenge I started in which people are supposed to read and release books given to them by other Bookcrossers and do it throughout October and November.

I think this book is interesting enough to turn into a bookring. Hopefully others will be as intrigued by it as I was.
I tried to honor everyone's shipping preferences to the best of my abilities.
PARTICIPANT LIST
affinity4books (Texas, prefers US, will do Canada)
vibrant-art (Canada, ship North America, prefers Canada)
Breeze144 (in Canada)
Hellie (England)
Piggeldy (Germany)
amberC (in Australia, prefers Australia shipping if possible)
leeess (in Australia, prefers Australia shipping if possible)
Wandering-B (Hong Kong)
Icila (France)
guinaveve (back to me, in the US)

Released 14 yrs ago (10/21/2005 UTC) at Fellow BookCrosser in Postal release, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases

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Enjoy!

Journal Entry 5 by affinity4books from Bryan, Texas USA on Friday, October 28, 2005
Arrived safely in Texas today! After a book drought of sorts for a few weeks, two bookrings arrived today~ I have already read the introduction and it sounds really good.

Journal Entry 6 by affinity4books from Bryan, Texas USA on Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Wow, what a neat account of a woman researching and learning about her family and what they went through over the years, as well as an interesting story illuminating cultural differences and customs- I really enjoyed all the aspects of this book including the family photos. Chong is a wonderful writer. It was a bittersweet reunion at the end for me- and how eye-opening that however much one family member suffered and wished for a different life, others in very different circumstances were suffering as well. I was glad that Winnie (with the help of John) was able to create a loving environment for her children and not repeat the dysfunctional cycle that she had been born into- very inspirational.

Other first hand accounts of living in China during Revolutionary times that I've read and reccommend are: Desert Rose (nonfiction) by Weijun Mary Collins, and Red Azalea (nonfiction) and Becoming Madame Mao (fiction) by Anchee Min.

Thanks for sharing this touching story. Will be mailed out to Canada shortly.


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mailed off today Economy Letter post

Journal Entry 8 by vibrant-art on Monday, December 12, 2005
This book has arrived and I've just started reading.....
thanks for the opportunity to read this book!

Journal Entry 9 by vibrant-art on Thursday, December 15, 2005
A fascinating story...particularly seeing at the end how the lives and prospects of the two sides of the family are so different because of where the children of the next generation were born. It is difficult to delve into family secrets like this and yet be respectful and give the characters/ancestors a sense of grace and worth despite their shortcomings--I thought the author did this really well!
Will be contacting Breeze144 soon and shipping this along....

Journal Entry 10 by Breeze144 from Ajax, Ontario Canada on Friday, December 30, 2005
Received today!

Thank you for the beautiful bookmarks!

Journal Entry 11 by Breeze144 from Ajax, Ontario Canada on Friday, January 13, 2006
Wow, what an interesting read this was! I always love reading about parts of the world I have never been to or cultures that I'm not familiar with. For most of the book it was easy to think that it was fiction, but then at the end when the point of view switches to the author's personal account of growing up and meeting these people and her impression of them....totally makes it hit home what an unbelievable split there was between this family.

I really enjoyed reading this, so thank you to everyone for this opportunity!

Have Hellie's address! Will be sent out in the next few days!

Released 13 yrs ago (1/20/2006 UTC) at Bookring in , --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases

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Finally sent this out today! Hope everyone else enjoys it!

Journal Entry 13 by Hellie from South Shields, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
ARRIVED TODAY LOOKS REALLY GOOD. THANKS FOR LOOVELY BOOKMARK TOO. COUPLE AHEAD OF IT BUT WILL GET TO IT SOON!

Journal Entry 14 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Saturday, August 12, 2006
This bookring appears to be stalled with Hellie. When I inquired some time ago, she assured me that it would be moved along very soon. I have inquired of her again and hopefully it will reach her since she is difficult to contact.

Journal Entry 15 by Hellie from South Shields, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Thursday, August 17, 2006
Hi

REALLY sorry I know its no excuse but life has been insane and I REALLY thought I'd sent this one on its way or I'd have journalled to explain.

Have pm'd nona35 for address...if no rep[ly by end week I'm away next Tuesday for a week,..but it 'll be in mail soon as I get back..hopefully before Tues if I get an address.

Hellie

Journal Entry 16 by Hellie from South Shields, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Thursday, September 14, 2006
Still awaiting address so I can send this on......not heard from next person yet.......

Didn't want anyone to think it was still stalled as such..it;s just awaiting instructions!

Thanks

Journal Entry 17 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Thursday, September 14, 2006
Hellie-
I have contacted Piggeldy. I will move Nona35 down the list if she pops back up later. Piggeldy should contact you via PM and at the email you have posted on your shelf. Please update with a new journal entry when you have sent the book on.
Thanks

Journal Entry 18 by Hellie from South Shields, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Friday, September 29, 2006
still awaiting address......just so you all know

Journal Entry 19 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Friday, September 29, 2006
Please PM AmberC for her address. I will move the other two farther down the line if they like. AmberC is active and should reply. Make sure to give her your email address because of your PM problems.
Thanks

Journal Entry 20 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Friday, October 27, 2006
Hellie, please send me my book back. I have tried to help you move this along by sending the address of the next participant via PM and your email which you have listed on your profile. I have posted on the forum. I have had the next participant email you and PM you with her address. I have made repeated journal entries here for this book urging you to move the book along. I feel like I have done more than enough to help you move this book on to the next participant. You have had this books since February. I urge you to look up my address on RABCK.com and get this back to me since it is too much trouble for you to send it to the next person. I will take care of the rest of the participants when I am able to afford overseas postage from US to Australia.

Journal Entry 21 by Hellie from South Shields, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Saturday, October 28, 2006
Hi


Got update....and message
Really really sorry. Got the address then got new job, and in all the excitement I kind of forgot all about it. I PROMISE it will be in the mail by this time next week at the latest. Hopefully Ill get out of work earlier Tues as at dentist, in which case can catch po on way home!
will journal when do.

Released 13 yrs ago (11/13/2006 UTC) at Grahamstown in A bookcrosser , -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Tried to journal last week a couple times but got 'oage cannot be displayed message'
Was posted to next person last week..might take 3-4 weeks. Happy reading and sooooooooooooooooooooo sorry for delay!
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Journal Entry 23 by Piggeldy from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, December 03, 2006
The book arrived here safely! I am currently reading "The Good Women of China", which I should finish within the next two weeks; after that I'll start reading this one.

Edit, February 20th: Sorry, forgot to edit... Sometimes I got confused with all these strange names, but I liked reading the book.
It's on its way to Australia since January 26th, via surface mail.

Journal Entry 24 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Monday, April 02, 2007
Arrived safely today. I have few other bookrings before this one.

Journal Entry 25 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Tuesday, April 17, 2007
A fascinating look at a family divided betwenn two countries. I don't know how a mother could leave her children in another country. It seemed a very balanced and fair look at the different generations and what was expected from the family members.

Posting to leeess tomorrow.

Journal Entry 26 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Tuesday, April 17, 2007
A fascinating look at a family divided betwenn two countries. I don't know how a mother could leave her children in another country. It seemed a very balanced and fair look at the different generations and what was expected from the family members.

Posting to leeess tomorrow.

Journal Entry 27 by leeess from Geelong, Victoria Australia on Thursday, April 26, 2007
Received today from AmberC.
Looks very inviting!!
Thanks for sharing guinaveve.
Cheers,
Leeess

Journal Entry 28 by leeess from Geelong, Victoria Australia on Friday, July 20, 2007
After a few false starts in finding another recipient for this book, I posted it to Wandering B in Hong Kong today. However, she's away on holiday until mid-August, so it will be awaiting her return.
Cheers,
Leeess

Journal Entry 29 by wandering-B from Tai Po, New Territories Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Just got back from vacation and found this one waiting for me. Can''t wait to get to it. Thanks for sending it.

Journal Entry 30 by wandering-B from Tai Po, New Territories Hong Kong on Monday, August 20, 2007
What an interesting tale of family and obligations. I live in Hong Kong and it made it much more clear to me just how important family obligations are. Holidays honoring ancestors are still held to this day, and it was interesting to note that the males in the family are the ones to whom the honor of worshiping the ancestors falls. Women were just expected to worship their husband''s family. The whole gender bias towards males makes more sense after reading this book. Interesting story of a difficult journey!

Have emailed for the next address.

Thanks again for sharing this book.

Journal Entry 31 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Received today. Thanks a lot for the beautiful stamps.

Journal Entry 32 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Tuesday, September 11, 2007
A very interesting story by many points. I knew a few about Chinese people ways of life but it's vezy amazing to read about the quasi non existence of the women and their acceptance of the fact.
Thanks a lot for sharing.

Pming the next.

Journal Entry 33 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wihout news from Drusillamac and Rains-Arms, I PM the next on the list...

Journal Entry 34 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Hooray!!! This book has made it home. I am reserving it for a bookbox made up of well traveled books that I am putting together.
Thanks to all the participants. I hope you found this book interesting.

Released 11 yrs ago (2/29/2008 UTC) at by postal services in Sent by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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I have included this book in my "Well Traveled" Bookbox.

Journal Entry 36 by ariesgirl29 on Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Pulled from well traveled bookbox - thanks for sharing!

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