Kiam-Kim is three years old when he arrives by ship at Gold Mountain with his father and his grandmother, Poh-Poh, the Old One. It is , and because of. Summary. “A new book from Choy is an event. His writing has a quiet integrity and an exquisite grace.”–Maclean’s Winner of the Trillium Book Award. All that matters by wayson choy. NATASHA LEMIRE-WAITE. Vancouver Chinatown ‘s – 40’s. Immigrating to Canada. Kiam-Kims.

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This is the second of Choy’s books I have read. The Jade Peony told anecdotal tales from the perspective of three of the four Chyo children: I have read the Jade Peony but it was a long time ago. What an enjoyable story. Dec 23, Lisa Llamrei rated it it was amazing Shelves: First published in by Doubleday Canadait is the sequel to his debut novelThe Jade Peonyand was nominated for the Giller Prize.

I said to myself, “. Books by Wayson Choy. What I enjoyed was to notice the importance of hierarchy in Kiam’s family,and the way the family adapted, to a new culture, and to each other. A very interesting tale of a chinese immigrant family coming to Vancouver’s chinatown and their story in the years before and during World War II.

Thta though very well done. A shawl of sea birds lifted skyward. Despite the fact that the concubine is referred to by all the Chen children — including the ones she eventually bears — as Stepmother, she is successfully integrated into the family.

All That Matters

He’s an amusing kid. He also has a girlfriend, Jenny, daughter of one of the mahjong ladies who owns a corner grocery shop.


The plot is incidental—mostly boys growing into men. All That Matters is a delightful read that will leave a lasting impression on the reader.

People behind us applauded. A stellar novel, and waysoh true portrait of growing up as a Chinese-Canadian youth in ‘s Canada. Isn’t it disgusting that even today humans segregate by vision?!

Jul 17, Lorraine rated it it was amazing. I wanted this to expand on the first a little bit more than it did. I did finish the book and it was a great way to tie up threads and see another mztters of the Chen family. I was disappointed in the ending, feeling like it just drifted off.

In their new life, there is a constant struggle to balance the new Gold Mountain ideas with the old traditions and knowledge of China.

Retrieved 27 July For those of you who haven’t read Choy’s first novel: I think I kind waywon went into the story expecting so much from the first book. It is he story of a Chinese immigrant family coming to Vancouver in the ‘s.

I particularly like Asian-American literature and even like Asian-Canadian literature more, perhaps because of my years on the west coast. What legacy, then, had thirty years of his work and investments built?

Summaries and Excerpts: All that matters : a novel / Wayson Choy.

This book is an essential Canadian read taking place in Chinatown before and during WWII, and I recommend it especially for anyone interested in immigration studies, and diaspora. The information below is included in your interlibrary loan request. It is interesting to me to thatt that lately I am reading, not as a generic reader as I have always done, but as a developmental psychologist and especially with my eye on the theme of attachment. Blending rich historical detail with powerful personal stories, All That Matters follows Kiam-Kim as he learns the responsibilities and rewards of family and community, as he approaches adulthood in a city much divided, and as he faces decisions about what truly matters in life.


I was aided by modern technologies and more open-minded people. The story runs parallel to the events wajson in The Mattres Peony. As somebody who immigrated to Vancouver with his family inI find this book both touching and humbling.


Lists with This Book. Over fifty, and successful as an import-export warehousing merchant, Third Uncle had been shocked into acknowledging his own mortality. When you read a novel, that’s the best thing to happen. A heart-warming book, very engaging but a little lacking in narrative.

The beloved aol, Poh-Poh is ever present in this second novel and still dispensing her tales about ancient myths, omens, ghosts and superstitions. Boys at school are enlisting, and many Chinese have gone back to fight for the old country. By the time the book ended there was plenty of room left for a third novel, which I hope happens.

I put my own hands around the middle rail and threw my head back, and tried to look as bold and as unafraid as Father. Place a Hold You must be logged in first. However, his life is increasingly complicated by his burgeoning awareness of the world outside Vancouver’s Chinatown. Jul 08, Marie desJardins rated it liked it.

I really enjoyed this book.

Pretty fun book, but I can’t help but feel just a tad disappointed. The pressures leading up to and surrounding WW2 are also explored.

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