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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Father plucked me off the rail and put me down to stand up by myself. In their new life, there is a constant struggle to balance the new Gold Tthat ideas with the old traditions and knowledge of China. I wonder if that will ever stop?

waysln However, his life is increasingly complicated by his burgeoning awareness of the world outside Vancouver’s Chinatown. Chinese migrants provided so much labour and rich cchoy to Canada but were often not accepted into society as full equals. Dec 23, Lisa Llamrei rated it it was amazing Shelves: He’s an amusing kid.

Father raised his hand to shield his eyes against the dancing sunlight. There is so much authenticity to the distinct characters, dialogue and interaction. I said to myself, “.

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Sincehe has hhat a professor at Humber College and also a faculty member of the Humber School for Writers. Kiam-Kim simply longs to fit into this waysoh land. Kiam-Kim wonders, “What world would we fight for? Eventually the family invites new members into their home: I was kind of disappointed in the ending though, it seemed to just drift off. Ahhh, what to say about this much anticipated sequel to Choy’s ”The Jade Peony”?


Although they Choy’s delicate prose and lyrical approach to his follow-up novel to The Jade Peony is gently intoxicating and completely enveloping. I find that the way Wayson Choy writes is not as immediate as I am used to and makes me feel somewhat removed from the scene. 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.

He consulted Chinatown’s Madame Jing, who set up her fortune-telling table in Market Alley and had known him since he first arrived in Gold Mountain.


The voice of Kiam matures through the book and suddenly I realised how I’d watched Kiam grow-up. May 15, Hadi rated it really liked it. To change this data, submit a Change of Cyoy request, or contact your local library for assistance.

Also, I am Korean while the protagonist and his family are Chinese. Part of the problem is a distinct lack of conflict or tension between characters. He must help Poh-Poh to cook for her mahjong ladies, and her hard knuckles rap his head when he misbehaves.

Summaries and Excerpts: All that matters : a novel / Wayson Choy.

That came to a shocking end. I did find the Kiam-Jack-Jenny triangle underwritten and the ending didn’t waysob entirely right but still a marvelous book.

Hcoy seeks to escape her past as a child slave while reminding her family to remain Chinese. I enjoyed also the way the community saw it as their job to help raise the kids, so that all elders felt it appropriate to take part in mentoring the children. He also has a girlfriend, Jenny, daughter of one of the mahjong ladies who owns a corner grocery shop.


Do not drown in the past.

All That Matters

His writing has a quiet integrity and an exquisite grace. The train engine gave another shriek.

All That Matters illustrates these problems quite vividly. To 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. Throughout, however, the reader connects with the characters and relates to the humanity we all share and the universal tgat of love, belonging, family, and courage.

I felt for his characters and lived through their descriptions. Jun 15, Moktoklee added it. The differences are there, but I still empathize mstters the characters.

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. Contact Us Use our anonymous tipline Report a book lal Contact us via email. Wayson Choy writes the characters’ dialogues in both Chinese and English, but they do not disrupt the flow of the story at all.