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Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
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“Don't trust anyone. Be a cold fish. I hurt no one. And no one can hurt me.”
Adeline Yen Mah, Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
“You have your whole life ahead of you. Be smart. Study hard and be independent. I'm afraid the chances of your getting a dowry are slim. You must rely on yourself. No matter what else people may steal from you, they will never be able to take away your knowledge. The world is changing. You must make your own life outside this home.”
Adeline Yen Mah, Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
“At the age of three my grand aunt proclaimed her independence by categorically refusing to have her feet bound, resolutely tearing off the bandages as fast as they were applied.”
Adeline Yen Mah, Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
“She was bedridden falling a fall which broke her hip. X-rays showed that she had cancer of the colon which had already spreed. To my surprise I found her cheerful and free of pain, perhaps because of the small doses of morphine she was being given. She was surrounded by neighbours and friends who congregated at her bedside day and night. In this cosy, noisy, gregarious world of the "all-chinese" sickbed, so different from the stark, sterile solitude of the American hospital room, her life had assumed the astounding quality of a continuous farewell party.”
Adeline Yen Mah, Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
“I often think of life as a deposit of time. We are each allocated so many years, just like a fixed sum in a bank. When twenty-four hours have passed I have spent one more day. I read in the People's Daily that the average life expectancy for a Chinese woman is seventy-two. I am already seventy-four years old. I spent all my deposits two years ago and am on bonus time. Every day is already a gift. What is there to complain of?”
Adeline Yen Mah, Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
“The way I see it, the nineteenth century was a British century. The twenthieth century is an American century. I predict that the twenty-first century will be a Chinese century. The pendulum of history will swing from the ying ashes brought by the Cultural Revolution to the yang pheonix arising from its wreckage.
Aunt Baba, pg 226. Year 1979”
Adeline Yen Mah, Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

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