Teachers’ Notes - Adeline Yen Mah Adeline Yen Mah
As Aunt Baba closed the lid for the safe-deposit box, Adeline saw an old When Big Sister talks, she always quizzes Adeline questions about the topics The volatile relationship between Adeline and her Big Sister and the. Aunt Baba is one of the very few people who love Adeline. She is the one, who encourages Adeline to pursue her dreams, unlike her parents. What does Niang do after overhearing the conspiracy between the siblings? Q. Why does Adeline's relationship with PLT startle Aunt Baba? answer choices.
No wonder her brother James doesn't speak to her anymore. By writing this book, she, again, defies her father who said: Instead of thinking how brave she was, I get a feeling that she was a spoiled little girl. She described how she refused to eat fatty meat at all cost when fatty meat was considered as a source of nourishment for children at that time and to learn the value of money by asking for the tram fare.
However, if you can't stand another whine from another Cinderella, skip it. Jones rated it it was amazing Falling Leaves, The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter is a look at the culture, country, and family relationships that just didn't work for any of the children in this wealthy Chinese family, especially for one young girl, Adeline Yen Mah. She was born in and her mother died when she was born, and her new mother was Eurasian who brought her own children into the marriage.
She struggled to be loved by the family but was treated cruelly. Her respect for and effort to be part of the f Falling Leaves, The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter is a look at the culture, country, and family relationships that just didn't work for any of the children in this wealthy Chinese family, especially for one young girl, Adeline Yen Mah.
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Her respect for and effort to be part of the family, presents insights into the culture. Her relationships with her siblings as a young girl, and later as a successful woman, added a dimension to the cruelty she suffered from both of her parents.
This Chinese proverb described her life. What does it say about her, and how does it affect you? Was there any happiness for her? What strategies does she use to cope with the situation and who aided her in those efforts? How would you have reacted in similar circumstances?
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
Discuss the social hierarchy of the Yen household. How did Adeline fit in? How about Ye Ye and Aunt Baba? Of the many instances of cruelty that Adeline faced as a child, which ones affected you most strongly?
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What factors motivated this change? Why was medical school such an appropriate place for her? How did the author change during her stay in Britain? How is she different? How is she the same? How does this affect her career path? How does it affect her relationship with her father and stepmother? Discuss these changes and what brought them about.
What would her existence have been like as an unwanted daughter of a destitute family? As Adeline enters the Peninsula hotel with Niang she sees a girl for sale p.
Earlier, she describes how: How are they the same, yet also different? The beggar children are desperately poor but may be loved.
Can you contrast this with the life Adeline leads? How do her experiences and her lifestyle contrast with the same areas of life for a student living in Australia in the year ? Are there similarities between this and other cultures you are aware of? How are they part of Adeline and her families lives? Read the description of the Shanghai streets p. Culturally, the world of Adeline and that of her grandparents is very different. Can you see similar changes between your generation and that of your own grandparents?
What affected these changes? Historical context From page Adeline describes, from a historical viewpoint, some of the background to the period through which she lived as a child.
Though these events certainly affected her life and that of her family at the time, as political and social events they were not fully understood by the young Adeline. Whilst Adeline is unceremoniously placed in a convent boarding school in Tianjin p. At thevery time when Adeline is placed in this convent, away from family and friends, the members of the population who can afford it, or are able, are fleeing China in droves.
In only a short time Adeline finds herself the only student remaining in the convent p. What might life have been like for Adeline if she had not been collected by Aunt Reine Schilling p. How does the historical context of war and conflict infiltrate the life of Adeline Yen Mah?
Are you affected by the political or social context in which you live? How is Adeline a Chinese Cinderella? Can you see similarities between the Cinderella story and other tales of fiction or nonfiction? The variations on this theme would be worthy of research.
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