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Chinese Cinderella Lesson Plan

Introduction to Chinese Cinderella

Chinese Cinderella is Adeline Yen Mah's autobiographical novel detailing her traumatic and difficult childhood during the Second World War and the Communist revolution. It's an abridgment of her best-selling memoir, Falling Leaves.

Key Aspects of Chinese Cinderella


Chinese Cinderella is sad in tone and often wistful, but the language is largely economical and forthright.


The novel is set in various cities in China and Hong Kong. Adeline spends her early childhood in the city of Tianjin. The family moves to Shanghai, then Adeline spends a brief year in boarding school back in Tianjin before she is taken to Hong Kong as her family flees the new Communist regime.

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