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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique perspective of life in San Francisco
I first read Fifth Chinese Daughter as a high school assignment in 1967. I was taking a San Francisco history course. I read the book as required and then put it back in the library and moved on to other things. 20 years later I found a very used copy in a second hand book store and decided to give it another read. I am glad I did. Fifth Chinese Daughter is a story...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simple with a stong message
At first I found this book simple and slow, but as Jade Snow moved on through her life it was interesting to see through her eyes, life as a young Chinese girl raised in San Fran's Chinatown. For her age and time she made some remarkable movements as a double minority (Chinese and a woman) during war time. After reading the whole book I went back to reread her...
Published on 18 July 1998


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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique perspective of life in San Francisco, 17 Mar 1999
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I first read Fifth Chinese Daughter as a high school assignment in 1967. I was taking a San Francisco history course. I read the book as required and then put it back in the library and moved on to other things. 20 years later I found a very used copy in a second hand book store and decided to give it another read. I am glad I did. Fifth Chinese Daughter is a story of growing up in one world and growing out into another. Jade Snow Wong was born into the family of a Chinese businessman who was also a protestant church minister. Her story is one of the tradition of a Chinese family where sons are valued and daughters seemingly less so. Jade Snow Wong overcomes the traditions of her family and her heritage and proves herself in the classroom. She also learns the independence required to progress in American society, taking odd-jobs throughout her high school career; finding herslef in constant contact with a very alien world she has up to then only seen at a distance, a world of American families. She faces critical choices in her college aspirations, when she has to decide between the University of California or San Francisco City College. Her choice of City College, was in the long run, one of her wisest choices because it moved her into a much more representative segment of American and San Francisco society. Her decision to attend Mills College was also a wise choice for it allowed her to develope her skills as a potter and lead her to a new vocation, far from the traditional ones of the period. Her war work in the ship yards is also extremely well told and is, again, an extremely important segment of American history that needs to be told. Jade Snow Wong emerges from World War II able to work as a potter and show her talents to a very interested public, and grow in the opinion and respect of her family. This is a story of persistence,love of learning, growth and at the same time it is a book of love and respect for her family. I highly recommend it to any student of American history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique perspective of life in San Francisco, 17 Mar 1999
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I first read Fifth Chinese Daughter as a high school assignment in 1967. I was taking a San Francisco history course. I read the book as required and then put it back in the library and moved on to other things. 20 years later I found a very used copy in a second hand book store and decided to give it another read. I am glad I did. Fifth Chinese Daughter is a story of growing up in one world and growing out into another. Jade Snow Wong was born into the family of a Chinese businessman who was also a protestant church minister. Her story is one of the tradition of a Chinese family where sons are valued and daughters seemingly less so. Jade Snow Wong overcomes the traditions of her family and her heritage and proves herself in the classroom. She also learns the independence required to progress in American society, taking odd-jobs throughout her high school career; finding herslef in constant contact with a very alien world she has up to then only seen at a distance, a world of American families. She faces critical choices in her college aspirations, when she has to decide between the University of California or San Francisco City College. Her choice of City College, was in the long run, one of her wisest choices because it moved her into a much more representative segment of American and San Francisco society. Her decision to attend Mills College was also a wise choice for it allowed her to develope her skills as a potter and lead her to a new vocation, far from the traditional ones of the period. Her war work in the ship yards is also extremely well told and is, again, an extremely important segment of American history that needs to be told. Jade Snow Wong emerges from World War II able to work as a potter and show her talents to a very interested public, and grow in the opinion and respect of her family. This is a story of persistence,love of learning, growth and at the same time it is a book of love and respect for her family. I highly recommend it to any student of American history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simple with a stong message, 18 July 1998
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At first I found this book simple and slow, but as Jade Snow moved on through her life it was interesting to see through her eyes, life as a young Chinese girl raised in San Fran's Chinatown. For her age and time she made some remarkable movements as a double minority (Chinese and a woman) during war time. After reading the whole book I went back to reread her introduction which seemed to be a disclaimer of her humble bragging of all she had accomplished. No doubt she made some marvelous strides for herself, and as a representive of her community her accomplishments were enhancing. She reflects how she was raised and gleans the best to pass on to her children (as we all try to do) allowing them some of the struggles she herself grew from. One would hope however in the given day she has revised her stereotypical view of female/male roles and story of God's creation of races with skin color. Overall it was an enjoyable read, and helps to see the world from anothers perspe! ctive. She sends a stong and heartfelt message through her simple description that she could make her dreams a reality through perserverance and the knowledge her family had imparted to her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for anyone interested in Asian Americans, 31 Dec 1998
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This book is one of the few which captures a lot of the emotions, both the joys and continuous angst which Americans of Asian descent of all ages still have to contend with, especially females. Her identity crisis and emotional turmoil give validation to the intense internal struggles which Americans born children of Asian immigrants wrestle with. Despite the fact that her story evolved decades ago, her issues still arise today, two generations later. I have re-read this book several times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and touching story., 28 Feb 1999
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It's been ten years since I first picked this book up off the shelf and it still remains the best book I've ever read.
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