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Other books in subject : Biography: general Family history, tracing ancestors. For Libraries. Larger Image. Description Author Biography Goodreads reviews 'Toyo learned to ask nothing, to wait and count the days. But they passed and passed and still the doorway remained empty of his deep voice, calling out her name. Born into the traditional world of pre-war Osaka, Toyo must always protect the secret of her parents' true relationship. Her father lives in China with his wife; her unmarried mother runs a cafe.

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Toyo and her mother are beautiful and polite, keeping themselves in society's good graces. Then comes the rain of American bombs. Toyo's life is uprooted again and again. With each sharp change and painful loss, she becomes more herself and more aware of where she has come from. She finds family and belief, but still clings to her parents' secret.

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In Toyo, Lily Chan has pieced together the unconventional shape of her grandmother's story. Vibrant and ultimately heart-rending, Toyo is the chronicle of an extraordinary life, infused with a granddaughter's love. Jun 15, Aaron Jeffery rated it it was amazing. Wow wow.

Jul 22, Christine rated it really liked it. Look again at that little old Chinese grandmother walking down the road.

Thanks, Lily Chan, for unlocking her amazing story. Jun 15, Jacinda rated it liked it Shelves: biographical , This book offered an interesting insight into wartime Japan and what followed, and particularly touched on Chinese-Japanese citizens and how they were seen as such outsiders. The memoir was written by Toyo's granddaughter and is a recollection from a woman suffering alzheimers which right at the end of the book other family members mention a few discrepancies with how certain events really unfolded, meaning as with all biographical events must be taken with a grain of salt for the truth behind t This book offered an interesting insight into wartime Japan and what followed, and particularly touched on Chinese-Japanese citizens and how they were seen as such outsiders.

The memoir was written by Toyo's granddaughter and is a recollection from a woman suffering alzheimers which right at the end of the book other family members mention a few discrepancies with how certain events really unfolded, meaning as with all biographical events must be taken with a grain of salt for the truth behind them. Regardless it's a captivating story which paints a very rich history.


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One semi-related downside was I listened to an audiobook version and really wish the reader knew how to pronounce Japanese words as there was a fair bit, and even names which were so badly distorted it was really distracted even pronouncing things like "tofu" akin to "tofyu"?! Dec 26, Calzean rated it really liked it Shelves: author-australia , biography-autobiography-memoir , culture-australia , culture-japan , nonfiction , woman-author. Covers the life of the author's mother - starting with her mother's birth in a Japanese fishing village.

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Toyo' s mother becomes a maid and as part of her job, she has to satisfy her master. Toyo is the result. She grows up in Osaka and eventually marries a Japanese-Chinese merchant. Written very simply but with a rhythm that is easy to follow. A tri Covers the life of the author's mother - starting with her mother's birth in a Japanese fishing village. A tribute to her grandmother but one that gives plenty of interest into her experiences.

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Aug 07, Meg Dunley rated it really liked it Shelves: memoir , literary. A beautifully written story of Lily's grandmother.

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Lily has written this story of a woman who was caught between worlds of war and races in such a beautiful way. She swirls around with poetic language and style in a way that we are taken into the dance of Toyo's life. There are many unexpected moments throughout. While telling the story of Toyo, Lily also tells us a story of the history of the Chinese Japanese people and the difficulties that they faced. We are also given an insight into lives d A beautifully written story of Lily's grandmother. We are also given an insight into lives during the war, the rebuilding of lives afterward and then an insight into immigration.

Nov 09, Sharon Lee rated it it was amazing. A delightful insightful playful thoughtful and loving account of lily chans grandmothers life. Like so many women of her generation she worked hard and was fiercely protective of her family to the point of selflessness - a true unsung hero of her era. Dec 28, Julia rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. This book was an incredible read. So powerful and authentic. The authors ability to comprehend the perspectives of her family is beyond me. I was so impressed by this book, the short chapters that capture moments in time that resonate and shape character.

Apr 10, Rebecca Edmonds rated it liked it. Lily Chan's account of her grandmother, Toyo's life. Some of the later parts of the book recounting Toyo's later life were less interesting to me, but overall an easy and interesting read. Jan 08, Ally rated it it was amazing. Simplistic and captivating, fantastic read.

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    May 17, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: owned. A wonderful memoir, beautifully written. Teresa Watts rated it it was amazing May 02, Kyra rated it liked it Feb 07, Ros rated it really liked it Aug 03, Aug 13, Frances rated it it was amazing. A gentle tribute of a grandmother, painted with love and respect. Tatiana Lulham rated it liked it Jul 05, Lyndal rated it really liked it Dec 27, Susan Rushworth rated it really liked it Aug 08, Grace Sweeney rated it it was amazing Jan 07, Lyn Firth rated it liked it Dec 18, LaToya Donnellan rated it liked it Feb 23, SULI rated it it was amazing Jul 08, Charles rated it really liked it Dec 14, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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