I highly recommend it to any student of American history. Despite her frustration, Wong recognizes that Chinese culture has had a profound impact on her thinking, and vows to seek out the middle ground between her two distinct cultural identities. Her story could potentially be used in conjunction with other primary accounts to draw conclusions about a variety of topics, such as the Chinese community in San Francisco, what it was like to grow up under the strict tutelage of Chinese immigrants, the family dynamic and values of a Chinese family residing in San Francisco, among other matters. It was wonderful then and it is wonderful now. The book showed me Chinese customs and how the Chinese eat, work and how their life was in the nineteen hundreds.
Again, this was probably best seen in her continued conflict with her parents over her higher education. 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. She attends both public and Chinese school in San Francisco. Fifth Chinese Daughter is a story of growing up in one world and growing out into another. .
This is shown many times in the book, like when she went to the employment agents and found jobs in house working. The book personally troubled me. The immigrants were not accepted readily by Americans and needed a place to congregate with others who shared the same beliefs and traditions. Above all, her depiction of her relationship with her parents, especially her father a complex, sometimes contradictory man , is vividly human. In the book Fifth Chinese Daughter by Jade Snow Wong, the author tells readers about her childhood as a Chinese girl living in San Francisco.
Originally published in 1945 and now reissued with a new introduction by the author, Jade Snow Wong's story is one of struggle and achievements. To be even more blunt, Wong is writing with the notion that how an ethnic group acts is how they are supposed to act Omi and Winant 60. Conforming to Chinese tradition, Jade Snow felt that her worth as an individual was dictated by her family. Towards the end of her life, Wong ran a travel service in San Francisco, and died there in 2006. She attends english school, chinese school and church. The author addresses this narrative choice in the first chapter, but it doesn't change the effect of such a choice, which is to make everything seem unnecessarily removed, as if instead of watching the movie and having it be an immersive experience, the reader is looking at the Wikipedia plot summary of the movie through a foggy computer screen.
Wong brings up many different themes that are eerily similar to the model minority myth. The early years are very structured. She briefly describes her childhood growing up in the Chinatown of California in the early 1900s. She continued to pursue higher education. Wong's pottery was later displayed in art museums across the United States.
There are a few that I think justify the genre, but then there's a lot that just make me shrug my shoulders and not care very much. She sh I can't believe it took me so long to start this book. Enhancements were made to more precisely measure materials read in K-2 classrooms. If nobody educates his daughters, how can we have intelligent mothers for our sons? I think it was most interesting because it was a true story, and she wrote about her life from a perspective that showed the depth of other people's feelings as well as her own. You could probably make a few Chinese dishes if you read this book. This book reminds me of books that we would read in school, but has much more meaning and character.
She took her sociology class on a field trip to her father's garment sweatshop in the heart of Chinatown. It is about a girl and her life in China Town. This author lives in Chinatown, San Francisco and she's an ordinary kid, just like any other. The baby girl who was blamed for the death of her mother becomes the scapegoat for the whole family, especially the stepmother who is perhaps an all-time classic of the evil variety, but the only mother this child has ever known. The book was actually depressing for me sometimes, reminding me of how oppressed I felt when I lived at home. 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 was born into the family of a Chinese businessman who was also a protestant church minister. Women did most of the cooking and cleaning and assisted the men whenever they could. She begins with her experiences growing up in Chinatown under the strict authority of her traditional parents. She had six brothers and sisters, most older. Though quite a story, there is no depth, no insight on how and why. Poignant story of childhood and coming of age of a second-generation Chinese American female forging her way into American society, straddling expectations of Old World China and New World American freedom. She became one of America's finest ceramists, an interest she picked up during her senior year at Mills College, and continued to pursue after she graduated.
Though she vacillates between praise for the progressive qualities of Western culture to critiques, albeit brief, of the superficial aspects of American life, Wong offers a narrative that largely endorses the adoption of Western values in place of what she often portrays as the antiquated customs of China. She supports herself in high school and college by working as a housekeeper and maid. I gave it two stars instead of one because sometimes I could relate to the main character better than most people probably could. Looking through Jade Snow's eyes, the reader is able to experience the conflicting cultural experiences of the middle daughter of a large family of Chinese immigrants. 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.
The theme of this text is that you can be anything you set your mind to. It did, however, spark me to sit down and have a conversation with my husband about memoirs and why I generally find them so unsatisfying. The Fifth Chinese Daughter is an excellently written novel about a Chinese American girl growing up in San Francisco's Chinatown. Through her paradoxically detached, yet intimate narrative style, Wong leads the reader to connect with her narrative. 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.