Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Shanghai GirlsShanghai Girls by Lisa See

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just arrived from USA through BM.

This is the story of two sisters Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, who are forced to immigrate to United States due the Japanese bombing in Shanghai and in order to find Chinese brides.

Despite many criticisms, the author showed some interesting aspects regarding Shanghai (how many dialects still exists in China nowadays?), Angel Island – the United States Immigration Station, China City and Chinatown.

The plot also describes some hint of racism against Chinese, Japanese immigrants as well as the mistreatment of Chinese immigrants at that time, around 1938. It is quite comprehensive due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese but, in my opinion, human rights should stay above all these political issues.

The sequel of this book is  Dreams of Joy.


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