For years Kimberly kept her life a secret, and for her to show Matt, and tell Annette about the factory was definitely brave. I loved this story about 11-year-old Kimberly Chang and her “Ma” who came from Hong Kong to Brooklyn in search of a better life. A multigenerational story about two families bound together by the tides of history. What does this say about her? Kim’s mom lacks knowledge of English, and Kimberly is forced to speak, and ask for things on her own which is a very brave thing to do. ( Log Out /  Their immigration has been arranged and paid for by Aunt Paula, her mother’s older sister. As one example, when the principal of her public school talked to Kim about getting accepted at the better private school and the need for recommendations: “‘I know of several good schools, if you should need some names,’ she said. - Publishers Weekly. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. We also learn that often, she does not understand a word or concept because in her previous culture, practices were different. All rights reserved. Definitely pick up that one if you haven’t already. I’m pretty sure I have it somewhere and will pull it out if I do. "A straightforward and pleasant, if somewhat predictable narrative, marred in part by an ending that too blatantly tugs at the heartstrings." resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. After you claim a section you’ll have 24 hours to send in a draft. Evaluation: I hope readers will not eschew reading this book because of reluctance to read about another culture they think may not be relevant to their own experiences. Author Kimberly always kept things to herself, and all she wanted to do was fit in. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Tone and Mood. this section. Title Wolf, Julia . Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 4) Not only has Kimberly been embarrassed of her clothing, but her whole life. Kimberley knows that she would never be happy in Chinatown, which happens to be Matt’s happy place. Read the Study Guide for Girl in Translation…. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Not to mention that she doesn’t want her mother to live in poverty till her death. Search String: Summary | Click here and be the first to review this book! Setting and Context. While their life is stable in Hong Kong, Ma believes that their life will be better in the United States because her sister Paula tells her so. The author also rendered dialogue in a manner that showed in italics the words Kim didn’t understand at first, with the sentences gradually having less and less of these italicized words. More Information | I loooved this book as well as the author’s second novel, Mambo in Chinatown. A multigenerational story about two families bound together by the tides of history. Jean Kwok has written one other novel that also follows a Chinese-American girl living in New York's Chinatown; Mambo in Chinatown tackles similar themes of the immigrant experience and the difficulty of life in Chinatown. There, Ma and Kimberly perform backbreaking labor putting finishing touches on garments and hanging them in garment bags, often staying at the factory until late into the night. They often say that out friends are as important as a family and it is impossible to disagree. Since the beginning Kimberly listened to everyone, and did what she was told. I think it would generally be accepted as a coming of age story. "Girl in Translation Themes". $39 for a year. The main character Kimberly is stuck between a double life, by day she is a preppy school girl and at night she works illegally at a sweatshop, along with her mother. ( Log Out /  They go separate ways, but their story is a happy one, because they manage to part without bitter feelings, for they muster up enough courage to say proper goodbyes to each other and it doesn’t play any role that they do it after 12 years from their break up. This section contains 1,297 words (approx. ( Log Out /  Your review makes me reconsider that choice! Subscribe to receive some of our best reviews, "beyond the book" articles, book club info, and giveaways by email. The theme of tolerance is regularly discussed in mass media, for incidents of racial, political, religious and whatnot intolerance happen on a daily basis. Still, their dreams are almost immediately dashed when they travel to the United States.

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