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4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling look at the pressures on Overseas Chinese
The strength of this book is in the human drama of a family split apart. On another level, it is one of the clearest and most compelling descriptions I have ever encountered of the conflicting ties Overseas Chinese have between their adopted homelands and their ancestral homeland; the conflicting forces of family sentiment and the need to earn money to support the...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Debby, 31-03-1998
Allthough the story in general is very good, I had to wrestle myselve throught the pages. Too many facts, names, places and dates and not written in a pleasant way. If you're interested in story's about China, I'd rather recommend the writer Amy Tan, or Lulu Wang with her beautifull new book "Het Lelietheater". Unfortunately only available in the Netherlands at...
Published on 31 Mar 1998


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4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling look at the pressures on Overseas Chinese, 2 Sep 1998
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This review is from: Concubine's Children: the Story of a Chinese Family Living on Two Sides of the Globe (Paperback)
The strength of this book is in the human drama of a family split apart. On another level, it is one of the clearest and most compelling descriptions I have ever encountered of the conflicting ties Overseas Chinese have between their adopted homelands and their ancestral homeland; the conflicting forces of family sentiment and the need to earn money to support the family; and the disparate economic opportunities at home and abroad. Like other economic sojourners who travel abroad to work, the author's grandfather faces tremendous pressures from those back home who expect him to give them the world on what are really very low wages; and he risks loss of face if he does not meet their expectations. The author paints her family members not as saints nor sinners but as real people and does an amazing, touching, fascinating job of bringing to life the story of a family pulled apart over the span of three generations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's so good it almost made me cry, 29 April 1998
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This review is from: Concubine's Children: the Story of a Chinese Family Living on Two Sides of the Globe (Paperback)
I'm surprised that this book has been given so little publicity compared to Amy Tan's, Jung Chang's Wild Swans etc. Like the other reviewers, I have found this book to be a gem. Even better that Amy Tan's books or Wild Swans for that matter because this book has been written from the heart. Denise Chong has not held back in telling the stories of 3 generations in her family, the characters - warts and all. And that she has written this book from bits of letters, photographs and talking to her mother is truly an amazing feat. Reading it, was heart wrenching at times, it had its ups and downs and what an ending to the tale.

Because I am a man, I cannot truly and fully appreciate this book more than a woman would. I strongly recommend this to any of your female readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best books I've ever read., 4 April 1999
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This review is from: Concubine's Children: the Story of a Chinese Family Living on Two Sides of the Globe (Paperback)
I couldn't put it down, and lent it to several friends who had the same experience. Brilliantly and honestly written, it will completely pull you in to a new "old" world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most compelling book I read in '96, 4 Jan 1997
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This review is from: Concubine's Children: the Story of a Chinese Family Living on Two Sides of the Globe (Paperback)
The Concubine's Children is the story, of a woman from China who came to Britsh Columbia, Canada to be the concubine, (not wife) of a rather unimaginative, and very traditional man. Her story, which really isn't a happy story, gives the reader an unusual insight into the imigrant experience of Asian Americans, and is written by the granddaughter of the "Concubine" . This book was so good, I read it in one night. I then sent it to my mother who did the same.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Debby, 31-03-1998, 31 Mar 1998
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This review is from: Concubine's Children: the Story of a Chinese Family Living on Two Sides of the Globe (Paperback)
Allthough the story in general is very good, I had to wrestle myselve throught the pages. Too many facts, names, places and dates and not written in a pleasant way. If you're interested in story's about China, I'd rather recommend the writer Amy Tan, or Lulu Wang with her beautifull new book "Het Lelietheater". Unfortunately only available in the Netherlands at the moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading, 31 May 2013
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This book was historical, a look into the past, a book that you had to read and couldn't put down. It would appeal to Chinese families and also to Canadians. I think it will be a book to keep on a bookshelf to read again sometime.
I have read many books about China and the families there, both fiction and non fiction. I would read the authors books again.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and continuously enthralling!, 24 July 1998
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A wonderful thoroughly complete story from beginning to end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars so boring, 7 April 1999
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i don't like this book
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