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    Chinese Cinderella

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    Imagine being forgotten by your father, bullied by your step-mother, and tormented by your siblings. Adeline Yen Mah endured these things every day, with her only escape as school and her roommate, Aunt Baba, and her grandfather, Ye Ye. In the memoir, Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah, Adeline has a troubled youth. The people that she looks towards for support are Ye Ye and Aunt Baba, and they help her to overcome her abusive childhood. Adeline’s grandfather Ye Ye cares for Adeline in a loving way throughout her youth. When Adeline stays at her parents house after her incident with Pneumonia, Ye Ye has many words of advice for her, ”You have your whole life ahead of you. Everything is possible! I’ve tried to tell you over and over that far from being garbage, you are precious and special” (Yen Mah 181). This encourages Adeline to join the playwriting competition. Ye Ye cares for Adeline and sees a special talent in her that he does not see in her siblings. Adeline’s wise grandfather has more words for her when they reunite in Hong-Kong, “I have faith in you. Go out there and compete in the most difficult examinations. Create your own destiny!” (181). Adeline is motivated by these words and studies even harder in school. The playwriting competition is another thing that Adeline takes part in to make Ye Ye proud. Ye Ye has high expectations from Adeline and believes that she can succeed. Adeline is heavily comforted by Ye Ye, but is also loved by her best friend, Aunt…

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    “Please believe that one single positive dream is more important than a thousand negative realities” (Yen Mah xii). This quote was written by the author of Chinese Cinderella who taught that one dream can be better than all your negative realities. This novel is very encouraging to have faith even when times are ruthless. In the story, Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah, the memoir really inspires students to stand up for what they believe. Through Adeline's struggles, it teaches readers to…

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    perseverance, her broken family relationships and realising her own self worth and importance. Through multiple positioning techniques and Yen Mah’s vivid vignettes, readers gain personal insight into Adeline’s childhood of being the ‘unwanted daughter.’ One of many themes depicted in Chinese Cinderella is Adeline’s perseverance. At the beginning of the novel, everyone in her family believed she was unintelligent, including her Big Sister; ‘…You don't know because you are stupid!’ (pg 16). She…

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    “Chinese Cinderella is dedicated to you (unwanted children) with the fervent wish that you will persist in trying to do your best in the face of hopelessness; to have faith in the end your spirit will prevail; to transcend your abuse and transform it into a source of courage, creativity and compassion.” (Yen Mah xii) Adeline Yen Mah’s memoir of her childhood was influential as she overcame hardships and burdens; finding hope in difficult situations. The story was inspirational because Adeline…

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    In the story “Chinese Cinderella” It tells about this Girls life. Her name being “Adeline-Yen Mah”. A ten year old who lives in China you get to read about her life of living without a mother or a father. Also having a family that hates her and consenters her “bad luck”. The mother of Adeline died giving birth to her. The mother of Adeline Died From a high fever three days after Adeline was born. Adeline mother died two weeks after Adeline was born. Even Adeline’s own sister hated her…

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    An unwanted child is a depressed child. Depression is a horrible thing. The Chinese Cinderella, Adeline, is an unwanted child. Some would even say that she is depressed. Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah is an inspirational story because she is self reliant, able to realize a problem and then solve it, and able to recognize a power change even though she came from an abusive childhood. Adeline was able to recognize a do a power change from Nai Nai to Niang. "In those few…

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    Composers have the power to create different worlds and new messages. The autobiographical novel Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah and the drama Across the Barricades by Joan Lingard demonstrate the hardships faced by individuals in difficult circumstances and their ability to escape to new places. In these texts the composers have developed the concept of new messages having the power to change an individual’s lack of acceptance in their world. _In Chinese Cinderella, the protagonist…

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    This novel was written by Adeline Yen Mah. Chinese Cinderella is a true story about an unwanted daughter. The author Adeline Yen Mah is telling us about her life between the ages of four through her early teens. At the beginning of the story she comes home with a medal the very first week of school. She received the medal for being the best student of the week. Aunt Baba was so proud of her little niece, so she put the certificate and the medal, the same place she kept her valuables. Aunt Baba…

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    Chinese Cinderella is the perfect title for this touching and emotional novel. Chinese Cinderella is a true story of Adeline Yen Mah's childhood where she was hated and despised by her family because she is believed to be the cause of her mother's death. Despite this, she is an extremely intelligent girl trying exceedingly hard at school, desperate to prove her worth. Some of the themes evident in this novel are perseverance, isolation, Tragedy, Acceptance and self-worth. One of the themes of…

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    Without a stable family, life for Jeannette Walls and Adeline Yen Mah was disastrous. Though they both come from different cultural backgrounds, they share similar experiences of a tragic childhood. In Yen Mah’s autobiography, Falling Leaves, she recaps her life in a disunited family under a strict step-mother, Niang. Yen Mah tries desperately to distance herself from Niang by traveling to America, only to discover that Niang did not care enough about Adeline to leave a portion of her money in…

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