Chinese Cinderella

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Chinese Cinderella is the autobiography of an unwanted daughter written by Adeline Yen Mah. The story is set in China, back in the 1940. Adeline describes her painful childhood and her difficult journey to reach her ultimate triumph over despair. Her family considers her bad luck, after her mother dies giving birth to her. As the years flew by, Adeline is disregarded even more as her new step-mother clearly adores her children bountifully. In spite of all the unpleasantness that happens at home, Adeline has people in her life that are willing to show affection and encouragement. She had her Aunt BaBa to show motherly affection, her friends who stand up to her and Mother Louisa and Ye Ye who both encourage Adeline on her future. Ever since Adeline was born, Aunt BaBa had been her only source of love and support. Aunt BaBa was the older sister of Adeline’s father and because she was unmarried and had no money of her own, Niang and Adeline’s father ordered her to take care of Adeline. As Adeline grew up, she and her Aunt grew inseparable and went to share a life apart from the rest of the family. Every day she remind Adeline that her accomplishment meant as much as her precious jewels and always kept Adeline’s report card from kindergarten to primary school in her safety box. While the rest of Adeline’s family openly bullies her, Aunt BaBa is always there to pick her up again and remind her to be resilient and see the silver lining through all the clouds. Though Aunt BaBa stands up for Adeline, she does not encourage her to go up against her parents, but instead to let her arguer out in a better way. In Adeline’s whole family, it is Aunt BaBa and Adeline that has the least friends and often sticks together at meals and outings. Aunt BaBa clearly needs Adeline just as much as Adeline needs her. Adeline obviously loves her Aunt very much and wrote a story about her titled “My Best Friend.” Adeline wrote: Though I am really nothing, she makes me believe I am...
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