All That Matters

All That Matters

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Kiam-Kim, his father and grandmother leave China in search of a better future in Vancouver's Chinatown. As he grows up, he forges a bond with the son of a volatile Irishman and the daughter of his grandmother's mahjong companion.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2004
ISBN: 9780385257596
0385257597
Branch Call Number: FIC Choy
Characteristics: 423 p

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Eil_1
Sep 27, 2013

This is the sequel to "The Jade Peony". Through the eyes of first Son we find ourselves immersed into the lives of this Chinese-Canadian family. Po-Po (Grandmother) lends significant inslght her difficult life and into the customs and legends of those from Old China. These can make you laugh and cry. I felt I was living in the small house in Vancouver; felt their shame at not being allowed to be Canadian citizens; felt what is our historic shame in the 1923 Exclusion Act which prohibited Chinese access to Canada; felt the humiliation of those brave Chinese lads who were not wanted in the
Canadian Armed Forces; understood the pain,anger and hatred they felt towards the Japanese who invaded China and murdered many thousands of Chinese children, women and men.

A must-read for anyone who wishes to understand both our Canadian history and that of the early Chinese immigrants to Gold Mountain (British Columbia).

Aside from the above, this is an extraordinary story about the lives of an 'ordinary' Chinese family living in Canada.

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Jul 22, 2012

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snowspirit1 May 05, 2011

Lovely sequel to The Jade Peony.

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Baharak
Jul 24, 2008

Shorlisted for the Giller Prize, this is the much anticipated sequel to Choy’s first novel, The Jade Peony. We meet the protagonist Kiam Kim as he boards a ship to Vancouver and follow him through his adulthood in Vancouver's Chinatown. Other intriguing characters include Kiam’s grandmother Poh Poh, father, stepmother, and the Irish boy next door, the reckless Jack O'Connor.

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