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Paper Daughter by M. Elaine Mar
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Jan 15, 2011

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Read from January 07 to 15, 2011

Although the title is a little misleading (the author and her family were legel immigrants, not 'paper')and the story a bit uneven,it is still well worth reading for those not familar with the hardships of immigranting to a strange new land with a different language, culture, and values. I personally know many Chinese immirgrants Ms. Mar's parents age and know they didn't arrive in America with wide eyes---they knew their lives here would be difficult (and in many ways they would have been personally better off if they stayed in China), but they came anyway for the promise of their children's future.
I thought the first part of the memoir dealing with life in Hong Kong, the family reuniting in Denver and the authors early struggles with English and grammer school very good. Her story of her teenage years also very strong, but I was sorry there wasn't more of it, and I felt the leading up to her going to collage was a bit thin and frankly seemed rushed.
Still the story of people sweating away the best years of their lives for their children's future is one needs to be told...

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