BC: Works Cited Mah, Adeline Yen. Chinese Cinderella: the True Story of an Unwanted Daughter. New York: Dell Laurel-Leaf, 1999. Print. younger Adeline: http://goo.gl/9Brd6 PLT: http://goo.gl/qVUfB older Adeline: http://goo.gl/63IIe dog in house: http://goo.gl/dEmKN rubber ducks: http://goo.gl/TQIwk news paper: http://goo.gl/Iv5YT Cinderella: http://goo.gl/Zq9lX
FC: Adeline Yen Mah A Chinese Cinderella
1: Memories | Adeline's first day of school is a huge milestone for her. On her first day of school she had to walk all the way there and back alone. She was the smartest in her class every day of the week. She came home after her first day of school with a metal clipped on her school uniform. Her father noticed it and praised her for being the top of the class. It meant the world to Adeline when her father praised her for her smarts in school. | When Adeline was little, she carried water up for Nai Nai to soak her aching feet in. One night Adeline was doing just that and was talking to her Nai Nai. Aunt Baba strolled in and told Adeline to prep for bed because it was past her bed time. Aunt Baba and Adeline left the room to go to bed. Shortly after, Aunt Baba walks back into Nai Nai’s room to say good night. When she walks in, she finds her dead. Later they found out that she had a stroke when no one was near. The morning Adeline found out she was heartbroken to hear that one of her closest pupils was dead and never to return.
2: Memories | A memory that is easy to remember is a first pet. Adeline's first pet was a baby duckling. A friend of the Yen children's father brought a box to their house. Inside of the box were seven cute, fluffy, baby ducklings. Each child got to pick a duckling (Adeline got to pick last). Her duck was the runt of the litter, but Adeline treated it like the best duck in the world. She loved PLT, her duck, with all of her love that she had inside her little heart. PLT brought joy and hope to Adeline each day they were together. | When Adeline was in a boarding school near her family's home, a death happened. Adeline was playing basket ball with the other girls that boarded there a teacher came out and told her to come in. She delivered a message that her Ye Ye was dead, and that Adeline was to go to his funeral immediately. She was shocked at the moment that her beloved Ye Ye was dead and that she would never talk to him again. All of their long, lengthy conversations they used to have would be lost. During the funeral, she cried the whole time and meant every tear that she shed about her Ye Ye. After the funeral, he would never be able to hear about her accomplishments later in life.
3: Memories | The biggest accomplishment and memory Adeline made was winning the playwriting contest in the news paper. She spent countless hours and many diverted thoughts into the winning piece. The story line of the play based a little bit on her own life as in a fantasy story too. She submitted it into the contest with some help from the teachers at the boarding school. Shortly after the contest was over, Adeline's father found out that she had won the contest and invited her back home to talk. He said that he was proud of her that she had won, and that she may go study in England with her brothers. Adeline was overwhelmed with happiness when her father talked to her. That little play had changed her life forever.
4: Adeline Shy, smart, obedient, hardworking Fifth younger sister of seven Lover of school, Aunt Baba, and PLT Who feels unwanted, forgotten, and scared when she is at home around Niang Who has been in Shanghai, Tianjin, and Hong Kong Who needs to feel like she is appreciated, loved, and treated of equal rights Who fears that Niang will get rid of her once and for all, she will be forced into a marriage, and she will never see her Aunt Baba again Who would like to someday be treated of equality appose to her siblings, go to study in England with her brothers, and have her father appreciate her Resident of England Yen Mah | PLT
5: An Unwanted Girl gets Noticed By: Emily Steele Adeline Yen Mah, a Chinese unwanted girl, wins a play writing contest, fifty do made the win even better for the young girl. Having his child being so smart and win a contest, Mr. Yen let his unwanted girl, Adeline, live out her dream to go study in England. As a result, she accepted the offer to go study in England. During her success of writing the play, Adeline was at a boarding school and had nothing to do because her parents did not care about her at all and left her there twenty-four seven. Winnin. | An Unwanted Girl gets Noticed By: Emily Steele Adeline Yen Mah, a Chinese unwanted girl, wins a play writing contest, fifty dollars, and most importantly, her father's attention and praise. Both Adeline and her father are extremely happy to have been noticed by someone else than her many teachers. Adeline entered the contest for consuming time, but put a lot of hard work and thought into the play. She did not even know that she won until her father had told her in person, which made the win even better for the young girl. Having his child being so smart and win a contest, Mr. Yen let his unwanted girl, Adeline, live out her dream to go study in England. As a result, she accepted the offer to go study in England. During her success of writing the play, Adeline was at a boarding school and had nothing to do because her parents did not care about her at all and left her there twenty-four seven. Winning this made her think differently about her life and the situation that she is in every day. All of her friends, teachers, and her Aunt Baba were proud of her when they found out.
6: Social Life C- C C- C School Work A+ A+ A+ A+ Adjusting to New Places B+ A- A- A- Communication D D+ C C+ Overcoming Challenges D C C+ B- Doing what is told B+ A- A- A Being Herself C+ B B+ A Adeline does not have very good communication with the people around her outside of her home. She did not talk to her friends in their first home about anything except school. Social life is a big part in life, and Adeline tries hard to interact with friends but Niang, her mother, doesn't like her to interact with other children (Niang is one tough cookie so you have to try hard to have a social life). Adeline enjoys school more than anything in the world. She even used it to have her father notice her. Adeline, unlike the other children, can use school to her advantage. School is the one thing that means everything to her, along with her Aunt Baba. | REPORT CARD
7: This Chinese Cinderella, Adeline, has moved all across the country. She has moved three and going on four times (she will be going to England soon). Each place was and is completely different from the first. Also, each new place takes a different amount of time to adapt to. Adeline has taken the opportunity's in her hands and has made every place her home. For example, Adeline's parents move her from school to school, and Adeline has to learn the ways of each.
8: Dear Diary, One of the sadist things in my life happened today. PLT, precious little treasure, my duckling, died today. My family and I got the baby ducks from my father's friends. I loved mine so much that I named her PLT (precious little treasure). Father had called us down after supper to have what he called fun. Then he asked one of my three brothers to grab one of the ducklings from upstairs. Of course, my brother came down with mine. Father let Jackie, our viscous German shepherd, out and attacks PLT. She lurked forward, sniffing PLT out, while PLT stands perfectly still, hoping and praying that everything will be alright. After that Jackie grabbed PLT in her mouth and squeezed her jaw shut, crushing PLT. After a beg and a pleaded I convinced father not to kill PLT, and let her survive. It is like my father is clueless about the life that other people have and other peoples’ thoughts and or concerns. Finally, father told Jackie to let go of PLT. I rushed down to her little side, picked her up, and ran up to my room in a hurry.
9: I tended to her for a day after the tragic brawl. Her leg loose and weak after a hard bit down inside of Jackie's mammoth mouth. The next day she was gone. Dead. Without a soul. I am still getting over the death of my first pet, my first secret sharer, and first best friend. I still wonder why my brother chose my duckling to get killed over all seven in the house.
10: Dear Aunt Baba, Over my life there have been many twists and turns, ups and downs, and careless moments. I have finally settled down at a boarding school near my family's home. No one visits me, but here I have friends. At this school I and getting smarter and skipped a grade or two over the years we have been apart. Each day and night I think about you and if we will be reunited again. Father and Niang have been treating me as the usual nobody. All of my brothers are studying in England at the moment, big sister is married and has one child, fourth brother and little sister still have their freedom and wishes granted, and I am still in school wishing for a bright future. In school I am at the top of my class continuously and am eager to learn more. Your letter to me was grand that you thought of me as you were doing everyday tasks. What are you doing presently as a job? Are you working at great aunt's bank? Well, whatever you are doing I hope that you are happy and enjoy it.
11: The accomplishment that I am so proud of that I want to tell you is that I recently entered a play writing contest in the paper. The play that I wrote was based off of my life, but was still fantasy. After I submitted it I found out that I had won the contest and fifty dollars. Father was so pleased with me that he invited me to come home for a night. At the house he told me that he was so proud of me and that he is letting me go studying England with my brothers. I accepted the offer, so I will soon be leaving to go study in England. I miss you with all my heart and hope to see you soon. I am your Chinese Cinderella and will always be. Love, Adeline