It is a reminder of what the difficulties immigrants face when they come to this country for a better life and how they have to struggle not only with a language that is difficult to understand and learn to speak but also in having to deal with the prejudi I love this book. From the Trade Paperback edition. For the sake of her family, a young woman must navigate her way through the unfamiliar demands of Chinese tradition after she elopes with her Canadian boyfriend. Lurking just around the corner was madness. Among the eight stories: The arrival of a beautiful mail-order bride incites a treacherous mix of jealousy and suspicion between two brothers.
A young man comes to work with his uncle in a laundry, is tormented by young toughs in the town, and realizes he may never see his family in China again, even though his mother is dying. After years of sacrifice, an elderly woman seizes a last chance for happiness when she moves into a home of her own. However, I felt that from all the other books that I have read about how Chinese people try to adapt and make a living in Canada, this was just the tip of the iceberg. Richly textured, China Dog reminds us of the universal yearning for understanding and acceptance. However, the date of retrieval is often important.
The author portrays life in small town Ontario for Chinese immigrants in the fifties and sixties. Very well done, although a lot of it saddens me. The book will also transcend cultural barriers, striking a common chord with people of other ethnic groups who have followed similar routes to this new country we call home. It is the kind of book I would like my boys to read someday. She is a writer, storyteller and teacher. A chorus of immigrant voices populates Judy Fong Bates's graceful and poignant first collection.
Ultimately, these stories have an impact on your life, something that each writer strives for. His fourth novel, , was published April 2, 2013 in Canada, India and Sri Lanka. Then followed hours of simmering to produce a clear, brown, pungent, tonic soup. I think this collection gave me a whole new outlook on the people, actual people, who run the Chinese restaurants and laundries. Bu A chorus of immigrant voices populates Judy Fong Bates's graceful and poignant first collection. These plot driven stories always had a Chinese restaurant or laundry as a central feature.
A daughter falls in love with the wrong man and tongues wag. From the Trade Paperback edition. The two boys arrived through the back door of the kitchen with a bulging burlap bag. For the sake of her family, a young woman must navigate her way through the unfamiliar demands of Chinese tradition after she elopes with her Canadian boyfriend. Even when alone, Sandra was always careful to rehearse in her mind what she would say.
After years of sacrifice, an elderly woman seizes a last chance for happiness when she moves into a home of her own. Sam Sing spoke only when the customers lined up at the cash register, and then it was to blurt out the price of their meal. Bates now lives on a farm outside of Toronto. Whether her characters find themselves caught between the life they left behind and the lonely realities of their new life in Canada, or torn between the traditions of the past and a desire to shape their own futures, Bates captures their struggles and triumphs with compassion and insight. Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2002, review of China Dog, and Other Tales from a Chinese Laundry, p. That always puts a book on the plus side for me.
Bates depicts several stories of the Chinese Canadian immigrant experiences and the sorrows, struggles, and successes of each. She taught elementary school in Toronto and was active in the local storytelling community before devoting herself more fully to writing. Judy Fong Bates is a skilled storyteller whose stories shine a light on a remote corner of the society where Chinese diaspora meets Canadian mosaic. She has written for The Globe and Mail and The Washington Post. Su-Jen learns to adapt to a new country, a new name—Annie—and even a new family, when her adult half-brother, a son from her father's previous marriage, moves in with her parents. And each wore a flat white half-apron tied around his waist. They reminded me of bookends; they looked almost identical, except that one was very fair-skinned, while the other was very dark.
These stories bear the telling, for they remind us that we are, each of us, the Other. Whether her characters find themselves caught between the life they left behind and the lonely realities of their new life in Canada, or torn between the traditions of the past and a desire to shape their own futures, Bates captures their struggles and triumphs with compassion and insight. He smiled and gushed in his broken English. In the lead up to Canada Day, it is fitting to reflect on how many of us in Canada are immigrants or descended from immigrants. They are both devoted gardeners and enthusiastic hikers. And then, it is well-written. Three of the stories present vignettes from the early days of Chinese settlement in the hinterland.