Girl In Translation- Jean Kwok

Interest Level: Grade 8 – Grade 12          

Genre/Theme: Realistic Fiction

Subject: Language Arts & Social Studies


Immigration, Chinese and Chinese American, Women’s Experience, Parents

Summary:  Kimberly Chang, an eleven year old girl, and her mother move from Hong Kong to Brooklyn. Instead of being able to start a life that they expected, a life of prosperity, they end up in slums of Brooklyn. In an apartment without glass or heat, Kimberly and her mother spend years living, working next to an open oven, the only source of heat, wokring late into nights. Without any help and with a lot of burden from her aunt, Kimberly and her mom do come out of her struggles, thanks to Kimberly’s extraordinary academic achievement. This is a story of culture shock, immigration, discrimination and perseverance. One of the most eloquent stories about immigration experience ever written.

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