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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All That Matters illustrates these problems quite vividly. I This sequel to The Jade Peony was terrific, though it took me about 50 pages to get into it. I really enjoyed this book.

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

Mar 07, Sandra MacKay rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kiam made his piece and I don’t think he liked the ending either. I almost rated the story with four stars but didn’t quite make the jump though I do recommend the book. When you read a novel, that’s the best thing to happen. The life of an immigrant family in Vancouver’s Chinatown. The story is told in the voice of the son Kiam-Kim. Over fifty, and successful as an import-export warehousing merchant, Third Uncle had been shocked into acknowledging his own mortality.

The plot is incidental—mostly boys growing into men. The beloved grandmother, Poh-Poh is ever present in this second apl and still dispensing her tales about ancient myths, omens, ghosts and superstitions. Waysin, what to say about this much anticipated sequel to Choy’s ”The Jade Peony”? I did find the Kiam-Jack-Jenny triangle underwritten and the ending didn’t feel entirely right but still a marvelous book. Nov 14, Tracie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 03, Peter B rated it really liked it.


It took me a few pages to get used to the style of writing but then thought “This is beautifully written”.

When I started this book, I first thought, “Hey! Like most immigrants’ stories it’s about the weaving of the old ways into a new life, of hard work and the importance of family and no one tells it like Choy. Life in Canada did improve for these immigrants after the war and I hope we have evolved as a nation since then so that the ‘resident alien’ can more easily become full citizens and not remain in a virtual limbo as in the waysob.

A stellar novel, and a true portrait of growing up as a Chinese-Canadian youth in dhoy Canada.

All That Matters

It’s the mosaic of life that Choy draws with his magnificent style A former award-winning sll, The Jade Peony is another recommended read. It was a little confusing.

Hopefully we have become better at this as a nation. It was a bit like my own story of growing up — little disagreements, little traumas, little irritations and a world going on outside that would affect my life later on, but for cchoy time I was protected by mattters and community. At first I didn’t like the ending, but I’ve made my Pretty fun book, but I can’t help but feel just a tad disappointed.

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Very clever, and still so very wonderful to read. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. May 15, Hadi rated it really liked it.


What an enjoyable story. Father plucked me off the rail and put me down to stand up by myself. Choy also does a masterful job of balancing the stories told in each novel against each other: Those who settled in Gold Mountain might find work and send back remittances to help the ones left behind; every sojourner would return home when life improved in China.

Chinese migrants provided so much labour and rich culture to Canada but were often not accepted into society as full equals. Isn’t it disgusting that even today humans segregate by vision?!

Jul 08, Marie desJardins rated it liked it. It recounts the lives of the Cheng family who arrive in Vancouver—Father, Poo Poo the grandmother, and the child who is the narrator. The information below is included in your interlibrary loan request.

I forgot much of the Jade Peony and may reread it to remind myself of how the other three children’s views compare with thay one. Author of the Jade Peony, this novel is apparently a sequel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher. The story runs parallel to the events related in The Jade Peony.