Chinatown, Vancouver, in the late 1930s and ë40s provides the
setting for this poignant first novel, told through the vivid and
intense reminiscences of the three younger children of an immigrant
family. They each experience a very different childhood, depending
on age and sex, as they encounter the complexities of birth and
death, love and hate, kinship and otherness. Mingling with the
realities of Canada and the horror of war are the magic, ghosts,
paper uncles and family secrets of Poh-Poh, or Grandmother, who is
the heart and pillar of the family.
Wayson Choy''s Chinatown is a community of
unforgettable individuals who are neither this nor that, neither
entirely Canadian nor Chinese. But with each other''s help, they
survive hardship and heartbreak with grit and humour.
The Jade Peony was a 2010
Canada Reads Selection.