Summer Reading Project
By Nina Butera
Over the summer, I read Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yeh Meh. It is an autobiography about how Adeline Yeh Meh grew up in a family that didn't really care for her. In school, she was the best in her class for every year of school she attended. As the up and coming war was heading toward to her area of China, she was sent away to a different country to a boarding school. One day Adeline decided to sign up for a play-writing contest and ends up winning! Her father sends a driver to bring her home. Her father then allows her to go to university in England with her brother to study medicine.
Adeline Yen Meh is the fifth youngest in her family. Her mother died giving birth to her, so her whole family blames the death of their mother on Adeline. Growing up, aunt Baba, her aunt, was the closest she had to a mom. Her father re-married, and instantly Adeline was on her stepmother's bad side. Adeline was never thought of or ever acknowledged. The only way that she could get her father’s attention was when she got good grades, so that’s what she did. She was very determined and worked really hard to accomplished want she wanted to do.
Back row, from left: Gregory, James, Edgar. Front row, from left: Lydia with baby half sister Susan, and Adeline
Niang (left), Ye Ye (middle), Father (right)