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English: Chinese Cinderella

About the Author

A comprehensive biography of the author.

Adeline Yen Mah was born in Tianjin, China but subsequently lived in both Shanghai and Hong Kong before leaving - at age fourteen - to study in England. She attended London Hospital Medical School and graduated as a physician, before moving to California where she first established a thriving medical practice before eventually becoming chief of anesthesia at West Anaheim Community Hospital. Adeline has written several other books, some of them specifically for children. She is the founder and president of the Falling Leaves Foundation which aims to promote understanding between East and West. She and her family currently divide their time between California and London. Penguin Books

About the Book

Description of the elements of autobiography in literature.

An interview with the author in which she gives some insight into the adult version of the book, Falling Leaves.

A review of Chinese Cinderella from The Sunday Star Times at the time of publication.

Historical Context

Historical background of Hong Kong in the 1950s. Includes rare full colour photographs from the time.

A brief history of Hong Kong both pre and post World War II

Photos of Hong Kong in the 1950s



An in-depth analysis of Chinese Cinderella, including characters, setting, themes, symbolism and historical context.

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