Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What We're Reading - Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Girl in Translation, by Jean Kwok, is a story of determination. Ah-Kim Chang, or Kimberly as she is called in the United States, emigrates with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn, New York after her father dies. Indebted to her mother’s sister (Aunt Paula, and her husband), she and her mother begin working in their Chinatown (New York) clothing factory, which is a sweatshop. Kim begins to shine in school, which is the only way she can rise above her existence in the cold, roach-infested, condemned tenement apartment and factory where she lives and works. Life gets complicated when she falls for a fellow factory worker. Laced with Cantonese dialogue, this is a debut novel written by a novelist who immigrated from China to New York with her family when she was five years old.

Thanks to Bonnie Y. for the review.

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