Saturday, October 10, 2020

Chinese Cinderella

This true story was sad and infuriating. 

It raised many questions. And sometimes I wondered if it was a cultural misuderstanding to some degree. But there were frequent times, when the behavior between the family members was simply cruel. And it wasn't just the step-mother. The father needed some lessons in humanity as well. 


A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In her own courageous voice, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph in the face of despair. 

Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her, and life does not get any easier when her father remarries. Adeline and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled with gifts and attention. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for -- the love and understanding of her family. Like the classic Cinderella story, this powerful memoir is a moving story of resilience and hope. 

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