Book Review: Girl in Translation

Book Review: Girl in Translation


Two reviews are required in this course: one of a novel and the second of a movie. I will
propose a fiction work and a movie. However, you are encouraged to propose other
movies, and other books that you believe are pertinent to our course. Once you propose
them to me, I will gladly add this to this list, so that they are available to all other
Each review should be 4- pages, double space, 12 Times New Roman.
1. Babel, 2006.
2.  Battle in Seattle .
3.  The Corporation .
4.  The Take .
1. Gibson, William, Pattern Recognition, Berkely, 2005.
2. Kwok, Jean, Girl in Translation, Riverhead Books, 2010.
3. Adiga, Aravind, The White Tiger, Free Press, 2008.
4. Kristof, Nicholas and WuDunn, Sheryl, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into
Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Knopf, 2009.
5. Diamond, Jared, Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, W.W. Norton
& Company, 2005.
6. Clissold, Tim, Mr. China: A Memoir, HarperBusiness, 2006.
7. Barber, Benjamin Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and
Swallow Citizens Whole, W. W. Norton & Company, 2008. (Not Fiction).
8. Barber, Benjamin Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy,
Ballantine Books, 1996. (Not Fiction).
9. Cleave, Chris, Little Bee, Simon & Schuster, 2008.

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Girl in Translation is a book by Jean Kwok, a Chinese immigrant who came into the country from Hong Kong at a young age. This title, before even getting into the book already shows that the story is about a girl and this girl is either facing a change or enacting one. This title is befitting to the story because after reading the story, one realizes that it is indeed a girl who tries to transform and adopt a new culture, a new world that she is not used to. Overall, the book is a fiction story which involves a girl who comes into the country from Hong Kong and has to work in a sweatshop together with her family to make ends meet. On the other hand, she has to adapt to the culture of New York and lives a dual life. This book is effective as a depiction of the difficulties that immigrants may be faced with when they try to adopt a new lifestyle and the struggles they go through to ensure that their lives are complete in a world that may be incomprehensible at first. Kimberly Chang emigrates with her mother from Hong Kong and lives in Brooklyn squalor, a neighborhood of poverty. What ensues is a double life where she transforms into an elegant schoolgirl during the day but a sweatshop worker at night. This secret double life is a……………

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