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A Song for Ba
In the Chinese opera, men traditionally sing both male and female parts. Wei Lim's father, Ba, however, usually plays masculine characters and sings in a deep bass voice. But Wei's grandfather played female roles, and has secretly taught Wei to sing these difficult parts. When the New World's entertainments begin to cause a shrinking audience for the opera company, and Ba ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 13th 2004 by Groundwood Books
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Though this book didn't have a tidy happy ending like most of the stories I like, this one portrays the characters and the circumstances of the story with unyielding honesty. It reflects on the values that a family newly immigrated to California might possess. It's a shames that the old ways were dying though and that training to be in the Chinese Opera wasn't a feasible career option because it seemed that the boy's heart was really in it if only he'd had a chance. Nice book.
This book actually taught me something about Chinese culture! I can't even describe how different the illustrations look but it is definitely worth looking at. A boy learns confidence, has conflicting thoughts regarding his old country and new country.
Paul Yee never planned to be an author but got published in 1983 and followed up with over twenty books in his area of obsession: Chinese immigrants to North America. He wrote mostly for young readers, from picture books to Young Adult fiction, as well as histories for everyone. His university degrees in history, plus working as an archivist, plunged him into researching the past. His work has ...moreMore about Paul Yee...