China Boy

China Boy Kai Ting is the only American born son of an aristocratic Mandarin family that has fled China in the wake of Mao s revolution Woefully unprepared for life on the streets of San Francisco and speaking

  • Title: China Boy
  • Author: Gus Lee
  • ISBN: 9780451174345
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • China Boy

    Kai Ting is the only American born son of an aristocratic Mandarin family that has fled China in the wake of Mao s revolution Woefully unprepared for life on the streets of San Francisco and speaking a patchwork of Chinese and English that no one but his relatives comprehends, Kai spends a blissful early childhood with his sophisticated older sister and his wonderfully ecKai Ting is the only American born son of an aristocratic Mandarin family that has fled China in the wake of Mao s revolution Woefully unprepared for life on the streets of San Francisco and speaking a patchwork of Chinese and English that no one but his relatives comprehends, Kai spends a blissful early childhood with his sophisticated older sister and his wonderfully eccentric mother But Kai s idyl comes to an abrupt end with his mother s death Suddenly plunged into American culture by his new stepmother, a Philadephia society woman who tried to erase every vestige of China from the household, young Kai desperately searches for somewhere to belong Warm, funny, and deeply moving, China Boy is a brilliantly rendered novel of family relationships, culture shock, and the perils of growing up in am American of sharp differences and shared humanity.

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    1. Jena Lee Nardella

      I read this as a 12 year old and am so glad to have read it again as an adult. I am proud of my father - for his story, his art with words and his courage to endure such a childhood. I feel as though I have the great gift of a family heritage beautifully captured in his words and I wish so much that I could have known my grandmother. This is a beautiful tale of identity, faith, redemption and the kind of impact adults can have on a child if when they are given a chance to be loved and believed i [...]

    2. Inbo

      China Boy is a memoir about a young boy growing up in the ghettos of San Francisco. The book mainly focuses on his life after his mother's death, in which he is plunged into a world of bullying and abuse, mainly from his stepmother Edna and Big Willie, his main tormentor. However, he meets Toussaint, who becomes his only friend, who introduces him to the idea of fighting back again this oppressors. He convinces his dad to bring him to the Y, where he learns how to box. Soon, he will have to face [...]

    3. Kaion

      Eh, I gave up after slogging half of the way through. Impressive descriptive phrases aside, this novel is entirely tedious. Where's the plot arc? The protagonist comes off as a pasty, indolent child, spoiled soft by his position as the only son (born after three older sisters) of a Chinese couple relocated to San Francisco after the Cultural Revolution. So what he has an almost-comically evil white stepmother? So what the author seeks to create a vibrant '50s hood? It's put to no use and the pro [...]

    4. Susan Cho

      I think I can, I think I can was my motto while reading this book. Unfortunately, I was harshly defeated and ran out of gas halfway through this book. This book was very difficult to read because the storytelling was uninformative and the story simply lacked consistency and depth. I tried with each chapter to reassure myself that the book would become engaging, but I was met with exceptional boredom; simply skipping over paragraphs to get to an interesting part. I never found that interesting pa [...]

    5. Elena

      I love the beginning of this book. The quiet, painful, and beautiful longing for his mom is certainly something I sympathize with. He describes her so vividly -- I'm surprised he remembers so much given that she died when he was relatively young. I hope to also have these vivid memories. I love the ironies and conflicts that comes from being multi-cultural. Being in between two worlds seems normal to you until someone tells you it's not. What I don't like is his writing style sometimes. He somet [...]

    6. Jaimie Hall

      Kai Ting's family fled China as Mao was taking over. They settled in the Panhandle of San Francisco, an area in transition and one of the rougher areas. Kai was born in the U.S. and over-protected because he was the 4th child and finally a boy was born. His mother wanted him to be a scholar or musician. When he started school, he escaped being beaten up - most times - by running. Once his mother died and his father remarried, life changed for both him and the 3rd sister. His stepmother, formerly [...]

    7. Sharon Cohen

      The beginning of this book is interesting, explaining how his family ended up immigrating from china to the streets of San Francisco. The story first seems to be about a boy's relationship with his mother while living with his immigrant family. Very soon in the book though, we find out his mother is dead, and the rest of the story is a long, overstretched description of Kai's evil stepmother and going to the YMCA. The writing is exaggerated, dripping with clichès. The plot itself is not very in [...]

    8. Lp

      I read this book by accident. I was on vacation, it was sitting out somewhere, I picked it up, and was mesmerized. It's the story of a Chinese-American boy (gosh, ya think?) whose mother dies and whose family moves to a very rough, white, neighborhood. And on top of it all, a stepmother is added to the mix who doesn't like the boy so much and is dedicated to wringing all the Chinese out of the family.Lee is a gifted story-teller, and this is an interesting story. It's funny and searing, but neve [...]

    9. Alison

      The story of a young immigrant boy living in a rough neighborhood in San Francisco in the 50s. I did get a tired of the detailed descriptions of boxing and sometimes found the cruelty of his stepmother and the passivity and indifference of his father a little unbelievable, but it was a great story, with clearly drawn characters, surprising insights into human nature, and good, strong prose. It was hard not to root for the character. My favorite part of the story was the description of the men fr [...]

    10. Kirstin

      I did not care for the writing style of at all. I found it much too wordy. Someone really needs to take this guy’s thesaurus away. Here is an example from the book that I found just silly, “My aunt’s cranium was analytical, mathematically driven and poorly suited to coexist with mother’s passionate persona.” I guess I didn't realize skull bones could be so talented.I also didn't care for the story. The first part of the book was rough to get through with all the cruelty, cruelty among [...]

    11. Xu Li

      I thought that this book reminded me about my Chinese background. In China, boys were favored in the family because they brought on the family name. Today, the Chinese society has changed a little like the American society. Women do not have to stay home to watch the children and so they have more choices. The main character, Kai ting is a little like me because I am also a curious type of person. Since I am the oldest in my family, I always ask my older cousins about China. Like Kai Ting, I imm [...]

    12. Becky

      Good book. Lee begins the book with evocative descriptions of the traditional life of a Chinese immigrant family, then moves on to describe San Francisco in the 50s. His character depictions are chillingly believable, and the plot really does sweep the reader along. Towards the middle, he mires the book down with too much street lingo (I know he was going for authentic speech, but long dialogues where I have to decipher meaning really upset the flow of the story) and too many description of boxi [...]

    13. Nikki Handros

      This is a book that someone gave me more than 10 years, but I kept putting it aside every time I ran across it despite the glowing comments on the paperback's cover.Too bad -- it is quite a touching story. A seven-year-old Chinese boy growing up in the 1950's in San Francisco is bullied for his size and his ethnicity. He is really adrift, having lost a mother to whom he was extremely devoted.His father marries a difficult American woman who shuns all things Chinese, banning any practices that mi [...]

    14. May

      China Boy is beautifully written. Lee has a definite gift for description, and it was this gift that kept me engaged for about the first 75 pagese the plot was thin. The beginning plot seemed scattered to me, weaving through different dates, alluding to events that hadn't happened yet, so it was hard for me to find a narrative to hold on to. While the storyline stayed slow, it did become apparent and kept me interested. Without giving spoilers, the last few pages of the book are by far the best. [...]

    15. Joshua Ng

      China Boy was an excellent book. There were tons of different amazing descriptions about the characters. When I was reading the novel it seemed like I was standing on the sidelines watching what was happening. The descriptions were so intense. It seemed to be real. There were tons of scenes were I could have related to because some of the things has happened in my life because our parents can kind of be the same. But at one point of the book there was a part which was really boring to me and eve [...]

    16. Erik Orrantia

      I have to respect the writing of the book, the editing, and the intelligence of the author. That being said, I didn't find the story very believable--a seven year-old boxing and whose parents don't seem to care that he's locked outside with bullies who pulverize his face constantly! Even the teachers and school staff don't notice his contusions, split lips, bruises, etc. Really? If any of this is true, it's terribly sad, though since I have no evidence of its truthfulness, I simply find it a lit [...]

    17. Brian

      I just finished reading this book and I was easy to relate to it. China boy is about Kai Ting who comes to San Francisco looking for a better life because in China the Mao's revolution was coming into action. This limited their freedom in China so they came over to America. Like many American Literature, he wants to achieve his American dream of becoming successful. He goes through rough times like his mother dying and now his step mother wants to remove everything that has to do with Asian in h [...]

    18. Stacy

      Enjoyed the story of Kai as a young boy growing up in San Frnacisco in the 1950's. It addresses growing up in a rough neighborhood and delaing with clashing cultures and racisim. It also shows how those cultures can be bridged and the power of cross generational realtionships. Kai also has to deal with strained family relationships when his father remarries an American woman. Kai comes into his own by the end of the book with help from his friends at the YMCA and his own determination. It's amaz [...]

    19. Jimmy

      Kai Ting, the protagonist of this book, is put through a tremendous struggle between two enemies: Big Willie Mac, the neighborhood bully, and Edna, his anti-asian stepmother. Throughout the rough one and a half years that are shown in the book, Kai makes slow progress until he is finally able to stand up to both Edna and Willie Mac. My favorite part would have to be when Kai stands up to Willie Mac because it shows how much the YMCA has helped him. I would definitely recommend this work of art b [...]

    20. Janice

      To be honest, the book was a little slow, it's not filled with super dramatic, adventurous or scary parts all through the book, but there is something about the story of little Kai that just makes you want to keep reading.The ending, in my opinion, was quite satisfying. Kai is finally standing up for himself, learning to be a tough, Chinese-American boy. It's great, to read how china Boy conquers so much, and improves so much by the end. There's a lot of heart-wrenching descriptions of little ch [...]

    21. Vincent Nistico

      I still can't believe (even after 8 years) that my high school changed the summer reading for freshman Honors English to this book. Descriptive of settings and situations, but this is countered by the terribly stereotypical depictions of people. The main character is a walking stereotype, and he, along with every other character, is totally one dimensional.Other than displaying the racial prejudices of the time period, there are no real redeeming factors to this book. The schools should go back [...]

    22. John Fuller

      This book is absolutely marvelous. It reads slow and the tragic story of Master Ting seeps into you I couldn't put this book down and feel like I lived it. Never have I rooted for the little guy so much.You hear a lot of books called 'Masterful' but there isn't really a better way to describe the whole of this story. Within vivid descriptions of the city, Lee describes an epic clash of cultures and the raging torrents of confused expectations the children born from them endure. China Boy is bigg [...]

    23. Jenette Champagne

      This book was amazing. I was drawn in from the beginning to the end, and found myself thinking about the book when I was not reading it. I am still overcome with the emotion of it all. It was a wonderful story of a young Chinese boy growing up in San Francisco in the 50's. The world described is one that I never knew existed, but I became a part of this world as I was drawn in throughout the book.

    24. Marlyn Suarez

      Gets a bit boring and long at times, but otherwise it's a good book. It provides great insight into what life was like for a Chinese-American during the 60's (I believe?). The only problem I had with the book was the constant transition of formal/standardized English to a more colloquial and slang English.

    25. James D

      A really touching coming of age story that demonstrates the powerful effect of having someone who cares in your life. The language is too mature for some students, but it is a touching story.

    26. Kayla

      Wonderful book! I read it for one of my American Studies classes, and this book really does show the struggles to assimilate into the "norm" of American culture. Kai Ting, aka "China Boy," is the seven year old son of Chinese immigrants who grows up in the Panhandle of San Francisco post-WWII. His story is one of courage, failure, accomplishment, and survival as he faces foes both in himself and outside in the world. It's a story of finding out who you are and where one belongs in life, and of c [...]

    27. Su

      Explores life in San Francisco's multi-cultural Panhandle in the 1950s. Heartbreaking childhood story but wonderful, humorous character portrayals. Syntax is sometimes dated and wordy, but then again, a refreshing review of how things used to be and how people used to speak. Would I love this book as much if I weren't an SF native? Probably not. Still, it's a charming story of resilience and character in the face of oppression.

    28. Pam

      I had to give up 1/2 way through, wondering, when does this book become "delighful" and "hilariously poignant."? (From blurbs on the back.)The abusive step-mother was so bad, I just couldn't keep going, it was so sad. I just couldn't keep reading.

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