All That Matters

All That Matters

Book - 2004
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Kiam-Kim, his father and grandmother leave China in search of a better future in Vancouver's Chinatown. As he grows up, he forges a bond with the son of a volatile Irishman and the daughter of his grandmother's mahjong companion.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2004
ISBN: 9780385257596
Characteristics: 423 p


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Mar 19, 2018

I really couldn't get into this book. It droned on and on. It was interesting to find out about the Vancouver area and the culture of new immigrant Chinese families during that time period. Maybe I was missing something, but I had high hopes for this book. I can't imagine anyone really seriously enjoying this book who wasn't from Vancouver because they wouldn't recognize the places that the author talked about throughout the novel. In short, I kept expecting something to happen. It read as if it were a diary of someone. Things did in fact happen throughout the novel, however it was sincerely anti-climactic.

Sep 27, 2013

This is the sequel to "The Jade Peony". Through the eyes of first Son we find ourselves immersed into the lives of this Chinese-Canadian family. Po-Po (Grandmother) lends significant inslght her difficult life and into the customs and legends of those from Old China. These can make you laugh and cry. I felt I was living in the small house in Vancouver; felt their shame at not being allowed to be Canadian citizens; felt what is our historic shame in the 1923 Exclusion Act which prohibited Chinese access to Canada; felt the humiliation of those brave Chinese lads who were not wanted in the
Canadian Armed Forces; understood the pain,anger and hatred they felt towards the Japanese who invaded China and murdered many thousands of Chinese children, women and men.

A must-read for anyone who wishes to understand both our Canadian history and that of the early Chinese immigrants to Gold Mountain (British Columbia).

Aside from the above, this is an extraordinary story about the lives of an 'ordinary' Chinese family living in Canada.

Jul 22, 2012

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snowspirit1 May 05, 2011

Lovely sequel to The Jade Peony.


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Jul 24, 2008

Shorlisted for the Giller Prize, this is the much anticipated sequel to Choy’s first novel, The Jade Peony. We meet the protagonist Kiam Kim as he boards a ship to Vancouver and follow him through his adulthood in Vancouver's Chinatown. Other intriguing characters include Kiam’s grandmother Poh Poh, father, stepmother, and the Irish boy next door, the reckless Jack O'Connor.

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