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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What I enjoyed was to notice the imp It is interesting to me to notice that lately I am reading, not as a generic reader as I have always done, but as a developmental psychologist and especially with my eye on the theme of attachment.

Retrieved 25 July Isn’t it disgusting that even today humans segregate by vision?! Each member of the family comes to Canada with a different purpose.

The insight into the Canadian-Chinese immigrant experience is enjoyable, but the story waysoh characterizations are just kinda 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 did enjoy the ending.

I found the writing to be beautiful but not in a cloying way I’m not a fan of poetry the characters are all fully developed and perfectly depict the trials and tribulations of growing up.

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.

Ancient tradition, modern troubles, racial tension, and the struggles of immigrants waysn fit into a new As soon as I found out Wayson Choy wrote a sequel to, “The Jade Peony,” I immediately downloaded it and started reading.


Apr 03, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: Choy once again accomplishes the extraordinary: Feb 11, Monty rated it liked it.

All That Matters

Sometimes dialogue is repeated verbatim to emphasize a shared experience between characters. A heart-warming book, very engaging but a little lacking in narrative. This story is really familiar. As the prow rose and crashed, and the Empress of Japan surged into the narrow inlet, gusts of bitter wind stung my eyes.

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. The train engine gave another shriek.

To change this data, submit a Change of Address request, or contact your local library for assistance. This book is an essential Canadian read taking place in Chinatown before and during WWII, and I recommend it especially for anyone interested in immigration studies, and diaspora. Jul 08, Marie desJardins rated it liked it. From his earliest years, Kiam-Kim is deeply conscious of his responsibility to maintain the family’s honor and to set an example for his younger siblings.

The struggle of old vs. Neither sequel nor prequel, All That Matters runs chronologically parallel to the first novel, this time from the perspective of First Son Kiam-Kim, who appears as only a shadowy presence in The Jade Peony.

This is in connection with his previous novel ‘The Jade Peony’, and is equally as great.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The pressures leading up to and wayaon WW2 are also explored. Much later, I learned that before he had put up the money and bought the documents for us to join him in Vancouver, Third Uncle had to consider the feelings of his dead wife.


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What an enjoyable story. I was aided by modern technologies and more open-minded people. The migrants to Canada have contributed so much to our nation but often were not recognized or accepted into society easily. Return to Book Page. Hcoy writing has a quiet integrity and an exquisite grace. The end is a bit too tied with pretty ribbon for me, but it is okay — there are some questions left to answer.

Design and Production Manager Toronto. He has appeared in Unfolding the Butterfly, a full-length bio-documentary by Michael Glassbourg, and was recently a host on the co-produced China-Canada film In Search of Confucius. This page was last edited on 12 Septemberat Sincehe has been a professor at Humber College and also a faculty member of the Humber School for Writers.

ALL THAT MATTERS by Wayson Choy | Kirkus Reviews

This story hangs together very well. 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 I mattters recently found out that the book is partially based on the author’s own life.

This is a novel that beautifully portrays the conflict between retaining a native culture while embracing the new. However, the obstacles that the protagonist and his family endure are still reminiscent of what I and my family have gone trough during the first decade in Vancouver.

It was a little confusing.