Adeline Yen Mahs Presentation of Chinese Culture in Chinese Cinderella

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Adeline Yen Mahs Presentation of Chinese Culture in Chinese Cinderella Adeline Yen Mah was born in 1937 in China during cultural upheaval. 'Chinese Cinderella' is an autobiography of Yen Mah's life during the ages of 4-14 years. As the book is a portrait that is only written from Yen Mah's view over life it would differ if someone else wrote it. The Chinese culture, traditions and history changed dramatically when the French involved themselves in their lives. Yen Mah actually lived in a French concession, this meant that she and any other Chinese people living in the area, were classed as second-class people over the French in their own country. This was a result of the Chinese losing the Opium war in 1842, which led their country to fall under foreign control. In 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour, which involved the United States in the Second World War, although Tianjin (The place where yen Mah and her family lived) was occupied by the Japanese the French concession was still being governed by French officials. 'French policemen strutted about looking important and barking out orders in their language, which they expected everyone to understand', even though the French had taken over parts of China no one could understand them, 'at my school, mother Agnes taught us the alphabet and how to count in French…bilingual store signs were common but the most exclusive shops painted their signs only in French'. In restaurants French people overpowered Chinese people. If there was a queue of Chinese people trying to get in French people would walk to the front, give their French name and walk right in. As soon as she was bor... ... middle of paper ... ... announced today that 14-year-old Hong Kong school girl Adeline Jun-Ling Yen won first prize in the International Play-writing Competition…our sincere congratulations Adeline Yen for bringing honour to Hong Kong'. Yen Mah finally had a father, 'I was quite pleased to tell him you are my daughter'. The superstition that Yen Mah was 'bad luck' had been lifted, she had her father back and the chance to go to medical school in England. 'That's a foolproof profession for you…father I shall go to medical school in England and become a doctor, thank you very, very much'. Adeline Yen Mah had overcome all of the traditions, culture and historic problems that faced her, and had been rewarded with her father classing her as his daughter again and she was able to travel to England, far away form all of China's upheavals.

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