Meet Me in Venice

Meet Me in Venice

A Chinese Immigrant's Journey From the Far East to the Faraway West

Book - 2015
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When Ye Pei dreamed of Venice as a girl, she imagined a magical floating city of canals and gondola rides. And she imagined her mother, successful in her new life and eager to embrace the daughter she had never forgotten. But when Ye Pei arrives in Italy, she learns her mother works on a farm far from the city. Her only connection, a mean-spirited Chinese auntie, puts Ye Pei to work in a small-town café. Rather than giving up and returning to China, a determined Ye Pei takes on a grueling schedule, resolving to save enough money to provide her family with a better future. A groundbreaking work of journalism, Meet Me in Venice provides a personal, intimate account of Chinese individuals in the very act of migration. Suzanne Ma spent years in China and Europe to understand why Chinese people choose to immigrate to nations where they endure hardship, suspicion, manual labor and separation from their loved ones. Today all eyes are on China and its explosive economic growth. With the rise of the Chinese middle class, Chinese communities around the world are growing in size and prosperity, a development many westerners find unsettling and even threatening. Following Ye Pei's undaunted path, this inspiring book is an engrossing read for those eager to understand contemporary China and the enormous impact of Chinese emigrants around the world.
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
ISBN: 9781442239364
Branch Call Number: 305.4889 MA
Characteristics: xvi, 161 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Mar 12, 2015

Ma’s unique study is essential reading for anyone seeking insight into Chinese immigration and the mind-set of those who seek better fortunes abroad. (Booklist, Starred Review)

Mar 12, 2015

Meet Me in Venice “fits nicely with other pathbreaking journalistic works on migration & modernization in China… beautifully crafted and poignant."
-- Los Angeles Review of Books

Mar 12, 2015

"Eye-opening, fascinating, and beautifully written...a revealing and thought-provoking look at the true meaning of our globalized economy.”
— Washington Independent Review of Books


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Jun 12, 2016

Useful to read about a different countrys' set of societal ideas of "normal" gives the reader insight to how Chinese migrants view the new areas they work and live in. The back and forth from present to past, then change of character makes for choppy reading. Put that aside and gleam the useful details.

May 18, 2015

Interesting book. Didn't understand that the Chinese had migrated to Europe since the 19th century.


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Mar 12, 2015

otwsnoop thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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