Girl in Translation
Publish date: April 29th 2010
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the ...
Girl In Translation, Jean Kwok, author; Grace Wey, narrator. Ah-Kim (Kimberly) Chang left China with her mother and came to America when she was 11 years old. Assisted by her ma’s elder sister, Aunt Paula, they moved into an apartment and went to work in a clothing factory, both of which she managed...
This was an interesting and well-written story of a brilliant young woman who emigrated to the US from Hong Kong as a child. It describes her experiences working with her mother in a sweatshop under ridiculously illegal labor practices, adjusting to living in a practically condemned, roach infested ...
This book was a compelling read for me. The writing pulled me into the character's environment and feelings. When I first finished it, I did not like the ending. After a few days, I am not sure I like it, but I understand it more. Overall it was enjoyable and thought provoking.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The writing is simple but powerful and Kimberly feels like a real person. At times I forgot I was reading a novel. At the end the story comes into play a lot more. I was worried that everything would wrap up too neatly, but Kwok avoids anything too circular. Girl in Transl...
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