All That Matters
Set in Vancouver's Chinatown in the 1930s and 1940s, Choy continues the story of the Chen family household, this time narrated by First Son, Kiam-Kim. We first meet Kiam-Kim at the age of eight, staring at the yellowed photograph of his mother, who died in China when he was just a baby. Kiam-Kim, Poh-Poh (his larger-than-life grandmother) and Mr. Chen, his demure and honest father, journey to a new life in Vancouver's Old Chinatown. Following the dream of finding gold and then one day returning to China -- wealthy -- they, like many Chinese families around them, find themselves in a country on the brink of the Second World War, struggling to survive in a foreign land and keep alive the traditions of an older world.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - charlie68 - LibraryThing
A good depiction of Chinese culture as it meets with Canadian society in the 1920s to 40s. About a boy growing up in that era, and his rebellions, could place that in any age. Read full review
ALL THAT MATTERSUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Choy's second novel, about growing up Chinese in Canada, is a companion piece to his prize-winning debut (The Jade Peony, 1997).In his debut, Choy focused on three children in Vancouver's Chinatown ... Read full review