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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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Third Uncle was tjat my father’s brother. I enjoyed this story about a family that immigrates from China to Vancouver in the s. Ship and train were racing to reach the same point of land. Those who could leave Sze-yup, the Four County village district in Southern China, would have a chance for a better existence.

The time period is late twenties to late forties and gives an excellent picture of the culture of Chinatown—at least from the perspective of a person who has never spent much time there. The train engine gave another shriek. I was not disappointed. Kiam Kim wants to believe in the things his grandmother is telling him and understands that she wants him to believe like she does, but Kiam Kim’s father encourages him instead to embrace their modern new world and customs.

As somebody who immigrated to Vancouver with his family inI find this book both touching and humbling. The story is told in the voice of the son Kiam-Kim. Aug 06, Janice Montgomery rated it it was amazing.

It follows his growth and adjustment to new ways of life in Canada and the traditions of old China which are so important to his Poh Poh.

I particularly like Asian-American literature and even like Asian-Canadian literature more, perhaps because of my years on the west coast. I am going to read the Jade Peony next. Jun 11, Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it. Each member of the family comes to Canada with a different purpose. Views Read Edit View history.


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. Kiam-Kim simply longs to fit into matfers new land.

The insight into the Canadian-Chinese immigrant experience is enjoyable, but the story and characterizations are just kinda Liang, the Shirley Temple-obsessed only daughter; Jung, the once-abused adoptive second son, and Sek-Lung, or Sekky, the sickly third son. Those who settled in Gold Mountain might find work and send back remittances to help chot ones left behind; every sojourner would return home when life improved in China.


Retrieved from ” https: Also, I am Korean while the protagonist and his family are Chinese. In fact, he was a very distant cousin from Sze-yup, connected to us only through our mutual clan name of Chen; his own blood brother had died years ago in the interior of British Columbia.

However, his life is increasingly complicated by his burgeoning awareness of the world outside Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Lisa Llamrei, author of “Reflection of the Gods” As I got closer to the end, I found that I was sad that it was the last chapter because I wanted to know more, to read more about Kiam-Kim. Design and Production Manager Toronto. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Do not drown in the past. Choy also does a masterful job of balancing the stories told in each novel against each other: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nov 06, Vionna rated it really liked it. However, it is also true that my own experience was far easier than what this book depict. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Youth always struggle to fit in with their surroundings, finding their place in a changing world.

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

ALL THAT MATTERS by Wayson Choy | Kirkus Reviews

A heart-warming book, very engaging but a little lacking in narrative. Jul 25, Kathy matterrs it really liked it. Aug 26, Barbara rated it really liked it Shelves: All That Matters is a novel by Wayson Choy. 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. As the prow rose and crashed, and the Empress of Japan surged into the narrow inlet, gusts of mattters wind stung my eyes.


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

This story hangs together wyson well. The same struggles are recounted but from a different perspective — Kiam is the oldest son and vhoy honor of the family rests on his shoulders as well as setting the irreproachable example for his siblings.

I loved the subtext in the early chapters where Kiam is telling of incidents and comments made by his family – esp Poh Poh – without understanding what is really being said.

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It’s not truly a sequel as the events are contemporary with those in, “The Jade Peony,” but told from the missing point of view: I think I kind of went into the story expecting so much from the first book. To ask other readers questions about All That Tyatplease sign up. He’s an amusing kid. A former award-winning novel, The Jade Peony is another recommended read.