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Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

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I’m a tad late for the weekly photo challenge for between. When I was on a trip to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, I discovered Kung Fu Pizza that served Chinese and pizza. I was very excited, because I have difficulty making choices and this restaurant I could have two cuisine choices. Although there was a problem because I then couldn’t decide between pizza or Chinese. There was actually a Chinese pizza, so I could have both worlds. I finally picked from the Chinese menu.

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Book Review: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

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girl translationGirl in Translation 

Written by Jean Kwok
Read by Grayce Wey 
Published April 29, 2010 by Riverhead
Audio Format: Published April 29, 2010 by Penguin Audio
Genre/Topics: Adult Fiction, Cultural, Coming-of-Age
304 pages, 9 hours 

Three Word Review: Determination, Heartbreak, Family Bond

Kimberly Chang is an 11-year-old who recently emigrated from Hong Kong to New York. Kim was an excellent student in school, but she now struggles due to lack of English skills and peer discrimination. Gradually, Kim’s determination helps her through language barriers, understanding American customs, and forming a few friendships. She lives in two worlds: school and home. Kim is in translation between trying to excel in school while helping her mother work  in a clothing fabric and living in very poor living conditions. She is determined to work hard and never settle for less than she’s capable of.

Girl in Translation was another enjoyable audio book. Grayce Wey does a good job providing a clear voice while also giving an ‘Asian’ accent during the dialogue that I was able to understand. Wey expressed each characters’ voice and emotions. I thought this book was enjoyable and would recommend, but I probably wouldn’t read it again.

Book Review: Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding

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Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding 

Written by Lenore Look 
Illustrated by Yumi Heo 
Published January 3, 2006 by Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books
Genre/Topics: Realistic Fiction, Cultural, Chinese Wedding, Family 
Ages: 6+, 40 pages 

 

This is a cute story told from the perspective of a young girl named Jenny who is the only person not happy that her favorite uncle is getting married. Normally, she loves weddings but she is her Uncle Peter’s special girl and feels that he is leaving her. As Jenny puts it ‘I am the jelly on his toast, and the leaves in his tea’. Everyone else is joyous and celebrating, but Jenny is sad. The book describes the Chinese wedding process and what the day would be like hundreds of years ago. Uncle Peter drives his car to pick up the bride, but is told that he can’t see her yet and must pay up. So the groom bargains and finally pays two hundred dollars until the bride appears wearing a red dress. It’s time for the tea ceremony where the bride is officially part of the family and she serves tea. Jenny has a sneaky idea and empties the tea-pot and puts just water to get the bride in trouble. Jenny’s mother  talks with her and finally Jenny understands to be happy for uncle. The wedding fun continues with exchanging red money packets, speeches, outfit changes, and dancing. The bride gives Jenny a special box filled with butterflies and tells her thanks for sharing your amazing uncle.

Today, my sister is getting married so hopefully everything is amazing. I’m even a bridesmaid, so I should have lovely photos to share.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces

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I often don’t take photos of faces, so I needed to think about this week’s photo challenge. I went back to my China photos and found creative ‘faces’.

I can’t read Chinese, so this could maybe be a sign for a dentist.

You don’t see a bronze statue everyday.

There was a HUGE shopping store with everything you could think. Here are some mannequin faces displaying the latest winter accessories.

Here is my second attempt at faces: weekly photo challenge faces2