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Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

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Diana Nguyen

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Transcript of Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

2. The yearning for unconditional love and support from her father
l. Why did you select your person? What interest do you have in their life and why?
II. Central theme? Quote symbolizes their life?
Central theme
: To those unwanted and abused children who need to be strong-willed enough to achieve success.
III / IV. Three main events/decisions (life changing) / Quotes
1. Childhood of emotional abuse
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3. A failed marriage
Contrast your life to Adeline Yen Mah's life?
There is nothing different about my life to Adeline Yen Mah's life.
VI. Conclusion
Did your person leave a legacy or something that they will be remembered by?
The adult version of Adeline’s autobiography, Falling Leaves,
ends with a Chinese legend about an artist who became stronger because of her suffering, as Adeline did. Adeline will be always remembered.
V. Comparison/Contrast
Compare your life to Adeline Yen Mah's life?
An Autobiography of Adeline Yen Mah
By: Diana Nguyen
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Quote: '"Life had come full circle. Falling leaves return to their roots. I felt a wave of repose, a peaceful serenity"' (274).
Quote: '"I had never encountered anyone so caring or felt so cherished... he provided the stability I had always yearned for"' (210).
- Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair.
- She had harsh realities of growing up as a female in a family and society that kept her in emotional chains. Her powerful voice speaks out a triumphant message which led to her success of her life through a darkness dreadful hardships.
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I HAVE ALWAYS CHERISHED THIS DREAM OF CREATING SOMETHING UNIQUE AND IMPERISHABLE, SO THAT THE PAST SHOULD NOT FADE AWAY FOREVER. I KNOW ONE DAY I SHALL DIE AND VANISH INTO THE VOID. BUT HOPE TO PRESERVE MY MEMORIES THROUGH WRITING
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- Adeline Yen Mah
We both...
- suffers from the abuses of our parents.
- prove ourselves and others that we deserved praise, affection, and education.
- determined to be successful, in order financially support ourselves, and to live our lives with dignity.
- God always had a plan for my life.
- wanted love.
- studied and work very hard.
- Looking at the cover, I was hooked by the black and white photos of herself and her family and then, with an old soul that always treasured old things, I felt compelled to read this, "Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter."
- Adeline's mother died two weeks after giving her birth, which she has brought them bad luck.
- Her father remarries a cruel and manipulative Eurasian stepmother (Niang), who is in charged of the household.
- Adeline suffers more than her siblings terribly over the years, emotionally and physically abuse from Niang's treatment of her.
-A lack of self-confidence led her into an unsuccessful first marriage, but Adeline was able to learn from this experience and grow as a person.
- She was then able to make a successful second marriage and her description of her husband, Bob, echoes with all the longings of her childhood:
- She wants to make her father proud of her by becoming the top in the class.
- She finds acceptance from her father by receiving her first prize that she won prizes in the international play-writing competition.
- Her father finally agreed to let her study abroad in England, which changed her life.
- She wants to study about literature and to become a writer but her father insisted that she train as a doctor.
Quote: "'Nothing I did ever seemed to please Father, Niang or any other siblings. But I never ceased to believe that if I tried hard enough, one day Father, Niang and everyone in my family would be proud of me'" (60).
Quote: '"I knew that I was the least-loved child because I was a girl and because my mother had died giving birth to me'" (60).
About Adeline Yen Mah
- Born in the port city of Tianjin, China.
- November 30, 1937.
- Current age: 76.
- Lives in Huntington Beach, CA with her second husband, Bob, and had two children.
- She is known for her incredible writing talents and all the astounding books she has written.
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