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Transcript of Chinese Cinderella
is a story about an unwanted Chinese daughter. After Adeline's mother's death at her birth, Adeline faces many social, academic, and family related hardships.
Siblings who hate her, a stepmother who despises her, and a father who doesn't care about her must follow Adeline throughout her rigorous journey.
Adeline as a toddler
Innocent and intelligent
Wants to please parents, especially her father
Becomes more independent and eventually fearful and isolated
"I must study harder and keep wearing this medal so I can go on pleasing father." (pg.11)
"Why doesn't she get to go anywhere with us." (pg.156)
Truly embodies the spirit of the cliche stepmother
Gets what she wants and rules the house
Has many faces
Strict and inconsiderate
" I realized that Niang's blows must have caused a nosebleed and that my face was probably smeared with a mixture of blood and mucus." (pg.115)
" Victor didn't know that the make-believe Niang I talked about was very different from the real one we'd be facing." (pg.145)
"Then she told us Father and Niang
had introduced Samuel to her, and she had agreed to marry him."
An arranged marriage was a common thing in China. They believed that real affection grew in marriage.
Once married, the wife's first duty is her husband's parents. Next is her husband. No matter what, the power will always remain with the mother-in-law.
Daughters usually meant trouble. They believed that education for girls was not necessary and very harmful.
Blunden, Caroline, and Mark Elvin. Cultural Atlas of China. NY, NY: Facts on File, 1994. Print.
Unknown. "China - Regulations Of Family Relationships." Chinese. Unknown, 13 Jan. 2015. Web. 27 May 2015.
Mah, Adeline Yen. Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter. New York: Delacorte, 1999. Print.
By Julian P, Gini L, Jarod N, Zara D, William L, & Jack R.
At the beginning of the book, Japan ruled China and other nearby countries.
"Aunt Baba told me that Japan was a strong country that had conquered most of China..."
In 1945, Japan surrenders to end WWII and also withdraws from control of China.
"Our days were numbered! The Communists were coming!"
Civil war breaks out among the Nationalist and Communist parties in China.
Communists soon gain control.
"...America dropped the atom bomb on Japan...America was the new conqueror."
Popular Chinese songs during the
1950's included My Motherland, Hero Tribute, Bright Spring Day, Meeting in Yurt, Song of Caramayi and many more.
"Wu Chen-mei lent me a book titled
A Little Princess
, translated from English into Chinese." (Page 60)
This story is similar to the Cinderella story from Europe and is mentioned on Chapter 22 by her Aunt Baba.