Tofu Quilt by Ching Yeung Russell

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Growing up in Hong Kong in the 1960s, Yeung Ying is tired of hearing how important boys are. After all, she can write letters and recite poems as well as—even better than—her boy cousins.

Luckily, Yeung Ying’s mother thinks "girls and boys are just the same." Despite protests from her husband’s family, Ma uses what little money the family has to send her daughter to private school. There Yeung Ying begins to fall in love with books and writing. Combining this new passion with the colorful experiences of her daily life, Yeung Ying discovers that even girls can dare to dream.

In her first collection of poems, Ching Yeung Russell captures elements of her youth in rich, vivid snapshots and authentic detail. Readers of all backgrounds will relate to spirited Yeung Ying, her dynamic family, and her courage in the face of life’s obstacles.

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CHING YEUNG RUSSELL grew up in mainland China and Hong Kong. She began writing letters for her relatives at the age of eight and was inspired to become a professional writer after uncle rewarded her with a bowl of dan lai (milk custard). Ching often returns to China to share her books with students. On one such visit, she finally had her second bowl of dan laimore than twenty years after her first. Ching lives in South Carolina with her husband. They have two grown sons. Her Web site is
Published August 5, 2010 by Lee & Low Books. 136 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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/ Milk is protein, and / protein will strengthen your brain,” convince Ying that she can and must become a writer—for the excuse of requiring “MORE dan lai!” It’s clear that she truly loves writing anyway, but dan lai provides the sensory thread of this sweet, clear tale, which ends with two vict...

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