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Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter Falling Leaves: The Memoir 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 Memoir 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 Memoir 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 Memoir 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 Memoir 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 Memoir 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 Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
“No matter what else people may steal from you, they will never be able to take away your knowledge.”
Adeline Yen Mah, Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
“I knew that I was the least-loved child because I was a girl and because my mother had died giving birth to me.”
Adeline Yen Mah, Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
“In the early 1970s, racial and gender discrimination was still prevalent. The easy camaraderie prevailing in the operating room evaporated at the completion of surgical procedures. There was an unspoken pecking order of seating arrangements at lunch among my fellow physicians. At the top were the white male 'primary producers' in prestigious surgical specialties. They were followed by the internists. Next came the general practitioners. Last on the list were the hospital-based physicians: the radiologists, pathologists and anaesthesiologists - especially non-white, female ones like me. Apart from colour, we were shunned because we did not bring in patients ourselves but, like vultures, lived off the patients generated by other doctors. We were also resented because being hospital-based and not having to rent office space or hire nursing staff, we had low overheads. Since a physician's number of admissions to the hospital and referral pattern determined the degree of attention and regard accorded by colleagues, it was safe for our peers to ignore us and target those in position to send over income-producing referrals. This attitude was mirrored from the board of directors all the way down to the orderlies.”
Adeline Yen Mah, Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
“Alcenith Crawford (a divorced ophthalmologist): "We women doctors have un-happy marriages because in our minds we are the superstars of our families. Having survived the hardship of medical school we expect to reap our rewards at home. We had to assert ourselves against all odds and when we finally graduate there are few shrinking violets amongst us. It takes a special man to be able to cope. Men like to feel important and be the undisputed head of the family. A man does not enjoy waiting for his wife while she performs life-saving operations. He expects her and their children to revolve around his needs, not the other way. But we have become accustomed to giving orders in hospitals and having them obeyed. Once home, it's difficult to adjust. Moreover, we often earn more than our husbands. It takes a generous and exceptional man to forgive all that.”
Adeline Yen Mah, Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

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