The Concubine's Children

The Concubine's Children

Portrait of A Family Divided

Book - 1995
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"Carefully balancing cool observation and compassion, Chong writes extraordinary history and gives voice to the Chinese immigrant experience."--ALA Booklist .
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin, 1995, c1994
ISBN: 9780140255140
Branch Call Number: Pbk 920 CHO


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Dec 28, 2015

An excellent history of life for a Chinese immigrant to Canada. His strength of character kept him going. Well worth reading.

Jun 04, 2015

Not non-fiction, but an imagined retelling of the author's grandparents' life. A compelling story of immigration to Canada, even if the prose is barely adequate.

Oct 19, 2012

I loved this book. In addition to the well researched history lesson alluded to in the previous comment, the lives of the individual family members were so dramatic, I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it!

Oct 01, 2011

Wow! What a phenomenal read! This book of non-fiction traces the family history of Ms. Chong's maternal side, and details how this side of her family was divided between China and Canada. A great history lesson about Vancouver and Nanaimo's Chinatowns, Canada's treatment of Chinese immigrants, and of the hardships faced in China. A must-read.

hermlou Apr 03, 2010

Interesting true story of a Chinese man who came to Canada with his concubine. Chinese culture in China is transported to Vancouver's Chinatown, but future generations modify it. The author compares the concubine's two older daughters' lives in China with the youngest daughter's life in Canada.

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