Adeline Yen Mah wrote Chinese Cinderella. Chinese Cinderella is dedicated to all the unwanted children in the world. This book is easy to read and understand. In the double-digit chapters it became more interesting to me as a reader.
Plot[ edit ] Long before the Qin and Han Dynastyin a small community of cave-dwellers called Wudong, their chief by the name Chinese cinderela Wu had two wives by custom and a daughter by each of them.
Ye Xian is Wu's daughter of one wife, and she is extremely beautiful, Chinese cinderela and gentle, and gifted in many skills such as pottery and poetry. In contrast, her half-sister Jun-li is plain-looking, cruel and selfish, and both she and her mother, Wu's other wife, envy the attention Wu lavishes upon Ye Xian.
Ye Xian's mother died while she was still a baby, so Wu did all he could to raise his motherless daughter. Unfortunately, Ye Xian's father dies from a local plague, and a new chieftain was appointed to take his place, as Wu had no sons.
With her family reduced to poverty, Ye Xian is forced to become a lowly servant and work for her scheming stepmother and envious older sister in the original tale, it is her younger sister, because of the value of superiority in Chinese culture.
But due to later influence, Ye was cast as the youngest child. Despite living a life burdened with chores and housework, and suffering endless abuse at her stepmother's hands, she finds solace when she ends up befriending a beautiful, 10 foot long fish in the lake near her home, with golden eyes and scales.
The fish was really a guardian spirit sent to her by her own mother, who never forgot her daughter even beyond the grave. One day, Jun-li follows Ye Xian to the lake, and discovers her talking to the fish.
Angry that Ye Xian has found happiness, she told her mother everything that she had seen. The cruel woman tricked Ye Xian into giving her the tattered dress she wears, and by this, catches and kills the fish and serves it for dinner for herself and Jun-li.
Ye Xian is devastated until the spirit of an old man, possibly one of her ancestors or her maternal grandfather, in a white robe with white hair, appears and tells her to bury the bones of the fish in four pots and hide each pot at the corners under her bed.
The spirit also tells her that whatever she needs will be granted if she talks to the bones. Once in a year, the New Year Festival was to be celebrated.
This is also the time for the young maidens to meet potential husbands. Not wishing to spoil her own daughter's chances, the stepmother forces her stepdaughter to remain home and clean their cave-house.
After her step-family has left for the festival, Ye Xian is visited by the fish's spirit again. She makes a silent wish to the bones and Ye Xian finds herself clothed magnificently, in a gown of sea-green silk, a cloak of kingfisher feathers and a pair of tiny golden slippers.
Ye Xian goes to the festival by foot. She is admired by everyone, in particular the young men who believed her to be a princess, and enjoys herself until she realizes that Jun-Li may have recognized her and leaves, accidentally leaving behind a golden slipper in the original version Ye's sister tells her that she resembles her elder sister.
When she arrives home, she hides her finery and the remaining slipper under her bed. The fish bones were silent now, however, for it warned Ye Xian before not to lose even one of her slippers.
Sadly, she falls asleep under a tree. Her step family return from the festival and mention a mysterious beauty who appeared at the festival, but are unaware that it is Ye Xian they are speaking of.
The golden slipper is found by a local peasant who trades it, and it is passed on to various people until it reaches the hands of the nearby king of the To'Han islets, a powerful kingdom covering thousands of small islands.
Fascinated by the shoe's small size,  he issues a search to find the maiden whose foot will fit into the shoe and proclaims he will marry that girl.
The search extends until it reaches the community of the cave-dwellers, and everyone, including Jun-Li, the late chief Wu's firstborn, tried the slipper. No maiden's foot can fit the shoe.In this poignant and painful coming-of-age memoir set in s China, a girl must overcome the trauma of a childhood dictated by a cruel stepmother and provide her own courageous voice—much like Cinderella herself.
Chinese Cinderella Essay. T a h r ’N t s eces oe W RITTEN BY SUSAN LA M ARCA Chinese Cinderella Adeline Yen Mah This book is the moving autobiography of a young Chinese girl, Adeline Yen Mah.
Chinese Cinderella is mainly set in China but the rest is set in Hong Kong. When the placement of setting changes its almost diary like but instead of times and dates it gives a background place. Pages and , page is the start of a new chapter. chinese cinderella Download chinese cinderella or read online here in PDF or EPUB.
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It is riveting memoir of a girls painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese. Sep 07, · Read a free sample or buy Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah.
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