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Book Title: Ribbons|
The author of the book: Laurence Yep
Edition: Perfection Learning
The size of the: 666 KB
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Reader ratings: 4.4
Date of issue: October 13th 1997
ISBN 13: 9780780774957
Format files: PDF
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Since I am a ballet dancer, I was immediately drawn to this book. The main character is an Asian American ballet dancer named Robin. Robin's grandmother moves in with them, and they no longer have money to pay for tuition. This causes Robin to resent her grandmother, and she has a very hard time relating to her. Her grandmother does not want her to do ballet, and this upsets Robin.
Her grandmother finally tells her that she does not want her to do ballet because she cannot bear to see her hurt her feet dancing on pointe. When she was a young girl in China, she had her feet bound painfully in Chinese tradition. Robin sees that her grandmother comes from a place of caring, and she begins to learn more about life in China as she develops a relationship with her grandmother.
This book shows how culture gets passed on to younger generations. It encouraged me to ask my grandmother what it was like to be a Spanish American when she was a young girl. This is a good book in the classroom to encourage exploration of other cultures and increase knowledge of Asian American heritage.
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Read information about the authorBorn June 14, 1948 in San Francisco, California, Yep was the son of Thomas Gim Yep and Franche Lee Yep. Franche Lee, her family's youngest child, was born in Ohio and raised in West Virginia where her family owned a Chinese laundry. Yep's father, Thomas, was born in China and came to America at the age of ten where he lived, not in Chinatown, but with an Irish friend in a white neighborhood. After troubling times during the Depression, he was able to open a grocery store in an African-American neighborhood. Growing up in San Francisco, Yep felt alienated. He was in his own words his neighborhood's "all-purpose Asian" and did not feel he had a culture of his own. Joanne Ryder, a children's book author, and Yep met and became friends during college while she was his editor. They later married and now live in San Francisco.
Although not living in Chinatown, Yep commuted to a parochial bilingual school there. Other students at the school, according to Yep, labeled him a "dumbbell Chinese" because he spoke only English. During high school he faced the white American culture for the first time. However, it was while attending high school that he started writing for a science fiction magazine, being paid one cent a word for his efforts. After two years at Marquette University, Yep transferred to the University of California at Santa Cruz where he graduated in 1970 with a B.A. He continued on to earn a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1975. Today as well as writing, he has taught writing and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Barbara.
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