Secrets of a Fortune Cookie: A Memoir PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Vanessa S. Yang

Secrets of a Fortune Cookie: A Memoir

Balboa Press
Publication date: January 2012
ISBN: 9781452503486
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)
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Secrets of a Fortune Cookie: A Memoir is the satirically sorrowful, autobiography of author Vanessa Yang, a young woman of Chinese descent, who was born in Singapore and educated in schools across the globe. She experienced a traditional Asian-style upbringing, with no consideration to social development. As a strictly raised Chinese Singaporean expatriate student in international schools, she was also influenced by her friends and peers-and their Western ideals. Her mother's relentless Eastern upbringing, dominated by an isolated focus on academics alone, was not a productive fit to a teenager's growing desires to fit in and find encouragement and love. These disparate experiences and lifestyles were the seeds of her vicious teen rebellion against everything her parents honored, and it was these acts of defiance that ultimately climaxed her insecurities. Satirically funny and heartrending by turns, her journey of independent self-discovery brings to light, the aptly pondered detriments of stereotypical Asian-style parenting. In the end, the clash of cultures she and her sisters faced drove her to resort to drastic measures in order to find the love and confidence she never received at home. A remarkable memoir with valuable life lessons, Secrets of a Fortune Cookie offers a humorous look at a young woman's turbulent past.
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Couldn't put it down!

This opens a window into another culture and the Asian parenting methods that differ so strongly from those in the West. This book had me hooked from the very beginning and I almost finished it in one night!
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Amazing Read

I found this book to be really eye-opening and interesting. All teenagers seem to go through similar struggles no matter where they are in the world, but I think it's important and very interesting to learn about how this happens in cultures other than our own. Recommended book!
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