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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Like all his books this story is beautiful and sad both intertwining and causing the other. 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 the time I was protected by family and community. At last, to greet the approaching Vancouver skyline, the ship blasted its horn.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. This continuation of the Chen family’s struggle in a new world is written in Kiam Kim, the first sons’ voice as he climbs aboard a ship to sail to Vancouver where he matures and grows to adulthood.

All That Matters by Wayson Choy

From his earliest years, Kiam-Kim is deeply conscious of his responsibility to maintain the family’s honor and to set an example for his younger siblings. A former award-winning novel, The Jade Peony is another recommended read. Jun 11, Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it.


Father raised his hand to shield his eyes against the dancing sunlight. Over the span of the two books, the four children and the grandmother especially, have grown near and dear to my heart like long-time neighbours that I have grown up with. I really enjoyed this book This is tjat novel that beautifully portrays the conflict between retaining a native culture while embracing the new.

Look at Gold Mountain! Escaping a China that has begun to collapse under economic pressure and the military might of Japan, they come to a country that is unsure how to handle a growing Chinese presence.

This story hangs together very well. Want to Read saving…. Paperbackpages. At first I didn’t like the ending, but I’ve made my piece with it.


Soon after this sign of approval, American gold and large Mexican silver coins were paid into various hands. Readers come to understand the pressures on individuals both within the community and from the outside.

The Old One bent down to lift a thick coat collar around my neck. A rare gem that has the subtle effect of taking you back to your childhood, as I related to the events experienced by the character.

Pretty fun book, but I can’t help but feel just a tad disappointed. The beloved grandmother, Poh-Poh is ever present in this second novel and still dispensing her tales about ancient myths, omens, ghosts and superstitions. A stellar novel, and a true portrait of growing up as a Chinese-Canadian youth in ‘s Canada.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This story is really familiar. I found the writing to be beautiful but not in a cloying way I’m not a fan of poetry the characters are all fully developed and perfectly depict the trials and tribulations of growing up. This is in connection with his previous novel ‘The Jade Mahters, and is equally as great. Choi, Susan, Published: Lisa Llamrei, author of “Reflection of the Gods” Wzyson though I didn’t read “The Jade Peony” previous to this book, I got mattees good sense of the characters and their relationships.


The voice of Kiam matures through the book and suddenly I realised how I’d watched Kiam grow-up. Despite the fact that the concubine is referred to by all the Chen children — including the ones she eventually bears — as Stepmother, she is successfully integrated into the family.

While this was undeniably a good book, I wonder if I would rather read this book before or after the Jade Peony. Choyce, Lesley, Published: I felt for his characters and lived through their descriptions.

The Jade Peony told anecdotal tales from the perspective of three of the four Chen children: I wonder if that will ever stop? This is the second of Choy’s books I have read. It is he story of a Chinese immigrant family coming to Vancouver in the ‘s.

Father plucked me off the rail and put me down to stand up by myself.