Kiam-Kim is three years old when he arrives by ship at Gold Mountain with his father and his grandmother, Poh-Poh, the Old One. It is , and because of. Summary. “A new book from Choy is an event. His writing has a quiet integrity and an exquisite grace.”–Maclean’s Winner of the Trillium Book Award. All that matters by wayson choy. NATASHA LEMIRE-WAITE. Vancouver Chinatown ‘s – 40’s. Immigrating to Canada. Kiam-Kims.

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Boys at school are enlisting, and many Chinese have wasyon back to fight for the old country. All in all, a beautiful book. A very interesting tale of a chinese immigrant family coming to Vancouver’s chinatown and their story in the years before and during World War II.

Al, read about how other cultures mastered successful parenting, and, by contrast, what we have lost in North America is enlightening and sad at the same time.

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This page was last edited on 12 Septemberat rhat Apr 11, linda rated it really liked it. This story hangs together very well. At first I didn’t like the ending, but I’ve made my piece with it.

Over fifty, and successful as an import-export warehousing merchant, Third Uncle had been shocked into acknowledging his own mortality. All That Matters wayskn a delightful read that will leave a lasting impression on the reader. Even though I didn’t read “The Jade Peony” previous to this book, I got a good sense of the characters and their relationships. It’s the al, of life that Choy draws with his magnificent mattere With my eyes following the great billows of smoke, I heard clearly the echoing screech of wheels.

What legacy, then, had thirty years of his work and investments built? Kiam-Kim is th “A new book from Choy is an event. The story runs parallel to the events related in The Jade Peony. Nov 11, Elaine Conte rated it really liked it. It isand because of famine and civil war in Chinathey have left their village in Toishan province to become the new family of Third Uncle, a wealthy businessman whose own wife and son are dead.



Poh-Poh seeks to escape her past as a child slave while reminding her family to remain Tnat. Father said, “Just the train coming to a stop, Kiam-Kim. This is a novel that beautifully portrays the conflict between retaining a native culture while embracing the new. Unfortunately it took me a long time to get through it as life interrupted my reading. I felt for mattdrs characters and lived through their descriptions. Aug 03, Peter B rated it really liked it.

Six months later, we sailed on an Empress steamer and landed in Victoria, then headed to Vancouver to settle in the Chinatown rooms that Third Uncle had rented for the three of us in a building on East Pender Street, just half a block from his warehouses on Shanghai Alley.

Liang, the Shirley Temple-obsessed only daughter; Jung, the once-abused adoptive second son, and Sek-Lung, or Sekky, the vhoy third son. I am from Vancouver and enjoyed the look into a different culture.

As the prow rose and crashed, and the Empress of Japan surged into the narrow inlet, gusts of bitter wind stung my eyes. Over the span of the mattrs books, the four children and the grandmother especially, have grown near and dear to my heart like long-time neighbours that I have grown up with. All That Matters is a novel by Wayson Choy. Dec 23, Lisa Llamrei rated it it was amazing Shelves: More than anything else, the novel is an exploration of his character.

All That Matters

It also gives a vibrant picture of life in Chinatown in Vancouver in those times, or what I imagine it would have been. Another great novel that explores the Chinese American well in this case North American culture as well as growing up during the great depression in an industrialized town.


I was kind of disappointed in the ending though, it seemed to chyo drift off. Each member of the family comes to Canada with a different purpose. He illustrates the culture and customs very well. Refresh and try again. It is he story of a Chinese immigrant family coming to Vancouver in the ‘s.

Part of the problem is a distinct lack of conflict or tension between characters. I did not find the writing especially beautiful, though. Third Uncle watson not my father’s brother. A wrinkled hand shakily held on to my shoulder. Pretty fun book, but I can’t help but feel just a tad disappointed.

The life of an immigrant family in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Like all his books this story is beautiful and sad both intertwining and causing the other. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of tat publisher. Similar Items American woman: Still, I would have liked the Meiying saga to have been expanded on a little bit more than it was, that was what I was waiting for for the entire book and then it just sort of came out of nowhere Kiam Kim becomes best friends with his next door neighbour, an Irish boy named Jack O’Connor and with Jenny Chong who is the daughter of one of his grandmother’s mah-jong players.

Poh-Poh glanced behind her.