MEMOIRS OF A EURASIAN


VIVIAN YANG

Eurasian is a mixed bag, both the story of Mo Mo’s life and a history of China from 62 to the 1990’s. This history aspect is the most interesting part, not that Mo Mo’s story is totally without merit. Mo Mo was born in Hong Kong but her single mother soon returns to Shanghai to teach piano at the music academy. Unfortunately Mao soon launches his Cultural Revolution and she ends up play the accordion. Mother takes all her frustration out on Mo Mo, blaming her for all misfortunes which in China come frequently. The reader sees Mo Mo endure the trials of the Cultural Revolution, the industrialization of the coastal regions and the transformation of Hong Kong.

Unfortunately the ending is weak. I enjoyed the overview of the historical times.

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