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Introduction to the 1989 EditionAuthor's Note to the Original Edition 1. The World Was New2. The World Grows3. Forgiveness from Heaven4. Grandmother and Her World Back Home5. Lucky to Be Born a Chinese6. Uncle Kwok7. Learning the Be a Chinese Housewife8. The Taste of Independence9. Saturday's Reward and Sunday's Holiday10. "One Who or That Which Slips"11. With Eyes on China12. Cousin Kee13. A Person as Well as a Female14. Girl Meets Boy15. A Measure of Freedom16. Marriage Old and New Style17. An Unexpected Offer--and a Decision18. "Learning Can Never Be Poor or Exhausted"19. Musicians On and Off Stage20. She Finds Her Hands21. A Summer of Excitements22. Sending the Ships to War23. "A Little Child Shall Lead Them"24. Rediscovering Chinatown25. The Sanctum of Harmonious Spring26. Alas, She Was Born Too Tall27. A Life Plan Is Cast28. "The Work of One Day Is Gazed Upon for One Thousand Days"
A fascinating narrative, not only because of the courage and humour which shine through every page of the book, but also because it shows how the members of a typical Chinese family can adapt themselves to American conditions and take their part in the national life of the United States without losing the essentials of the cultural heritage which they rightly prize. * Times Literary Supplement * A sensitive and revealing story of a Chinese American girl's coming of age in America. It is unique. * New York Herald Tribune *