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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Writing from the viewpoint of the young son Kiam-Kim as he grows is a perfect choice for Choy.

Throughout, however, the reader connects with the characters and relates to the humanity we all share and the universal themes of love, belonging, family, and courage. Father plucked me off the rail and put me down to stand up by myself.

However, Choy has written a remarkable second novel. Wayson Choy writes matterx characters’ dialogues in both Chinese and English, but they do not disrupt the flow of the story at all. Feb 11, Monty rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Father said, “Just the train coming to a stop, Kiam-Kim. The black line turned into freight cars headed towards the city’s row of warehouses and jutting docks. As I pressed a hand over each small ear to dim the assault of squawking gulls, fragments of living sky swirled and plunged into the mathers spewing from the ship’s belly, and the sun broke through.

Ancient tradition, modern troubles, racial tension, and the struggles of immigrants to fit into a new culture. 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. It was bittersweet but the rest of the book was as well so that fit in. Yay for Wayson Choy!! A rare gem that has the subtle effect of taking you back to your childhood, as I related to the events experienced by the character.

I felt for his characters and lived through their descriptions. Over fifty, and successful as an import-export warehousing merchant, Third Uncle had been shocked into acknowledging his own mortality. The end is a bit too tied with pretty ribbon for me, but it is okay — there are some questions left to answer.


Youth always struggle to fit in with their surroundings, finding their place in a changing world. Excerpts are provided for display purposes thatt and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.


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. Vhoy Llamrei, author of “Reflection of the Gods” Summary “A new book from Choy is an event.

Like its predecessor, All That Matters creates a believable microcosm full of fascinating cultural and historical detail. I wonder if that will ever stop? There is much about the conflict between the Old China ways and the New Canada ways. It is a revelation for those not familiar with the trials of moving to a country mtaters radically different cultural views. Kiam-Kim simply longs to fit into this new land. The train engine gave another shriek. The wailing finally reached my ears.

The voice of Kiam feels so authentic and true, and lots of experiences resonate with my own immigrant childhood in the UK. As somebody who immigrated to Vancouver with his family inI find this book both touching and humbling. Yet this is a land where the Chen family will not starve; where they will be able to keep a girl baby, and not sell her into servitude as was the Old One, whose back is scarred from whippings.

Retrieved 27 July It took me a few pages to get used to the style of writing but then thought “This is beautifully written”. This sequel to The Jade Peony was terrific, though it took me about 50 pages to get into it.

Contact Us Use our anonymous tipline Report a book deal Contact us via email. He was just too entertaining, the one knob white guy who just doesn’t get when he’s overstayed his welcome.

Despite the fact that the concubine is rhat to by all the Chen children — including the ones she eventually bears — as Stepmother, she is successfully integrated into the family. The air tasted of burning coal.

The migrants to Apl have contributed so much to our nation but often were not recognized or accepted into society easily.


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Kiam Kim wants to believe in the things his grandmother is telli Ahhh, what to say about this much anticipated sequel to Choy’s ”The Jade Peony”?

I loved the picture of this Chinese family and its daily life. The beloved grandmother, Poh-Poh jatters ever present in this second novel and still dispensing her tales about ancient myths, omens, ghosts and superstitions.

It recounts the lives of the Cheng family who arrive in Vancouver—Father, Poo Poo the grandmother, and the child who wayon the narrator.

Soon after this sign of approval, American gold and large Mexican silver coins were paid into various hands. It also gives a vibrant picture of life in Chinatown in Vancouver in those times, or what I imagine it would have been. It was a bit like my own story of growing up I particularly like Asian-American literature and even like Asian-Canadian literature more, perhaps because of my years on the west coast.

Meanwhile, China is suffering during the Japanese invasion of Manchuriaand soon the whole world is at war. 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 yhat book and then it just sort of came out of nowhere 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.

As time passes, Father, stepmother, Poh Poh grandmother and children Kiam, Jung, Liang and Selky continue to face the pressures of trying to become Canadian and at the same time retain their Chinese culture. Other characters were developed that were only given passing mention in the first book, Jack and Jenny Chong are glaring examples.

Also, I am Korean while chly protagonist and his family are Chinese.