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Mambo in Chinatown

By Jean Kwok

From the bestselling author of Girl in Translation, a novel about a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York’s Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie’s entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister, and works—miserably—as a dishwasher.

But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew existed, and everything she once took to be certain turns upside down. Gradually, at the dance studio, awkward Charlie’s natural talents begin to emerge. With them, her perspective, expectations, and sense of self are transformed—something she must take great pains to hide from her father and his suspicion of all things Western. As Charlie blossoms, though, her sister becomes chronically ill. As Pa insists on treating his ailing child exclusively with Eastern practices to no avail, Charlie is forced to try to reconcile her two selves and her two worlds—Eastern and Western, old world and new—to rescue her little sister without sacrificing her newfound confidence and identity.


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2014

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Format: Book
Author: Kwok, Jean
Summary: Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong, having grown up in New York's Chinatown as the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker, is torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing.
Title: Mambo in Chinatown / Jean Kwok.
Publisher Date: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
Subject: Chinese American women -- Fiction. Chinese Americans -- Fiction. Ballroom dancers -- Fiction. Family secrets -- Fiction. Families -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9781594632006 1594632006
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 6
System Items Total: 17
Call Number: F Kwok
Oclc: 861479081
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Bib Id: 533371

Format: Book
Author: Kwok, Jean.
Summary: Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong, having grown up in New York's Chinatown as the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker, is torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing.
Title: Mambo in Chinatown / Jean Kwok.
Publisher, Date: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
Description: 373 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Chinese American women -- Fiction.
Subjects: Chinese Americans -- Fiction.
Subjects: Ballroom dancers -- Fiction.
Subjects: Family secrets -- Fiction.
Subjects: Families -- Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
LCCN: 2013043639
ISBN: 9781594632006
ISBN: 1594632006
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 6
Total Copies: 17
Call Number: F Kwok