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Author: Ruthanne Lum McCunn
ISBN13: 978-0807062296
Title: Wooden Fish Songs
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Language: English
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Publisher: Beacon Pr (June 1, 2000)
Pages: 384

Wooden Fish Songs by Ruthanne Lum McCunn

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Wooden Fish Songs, a historical novel written by Ruthanne Lum McCunn, is written with three narrators. The main character in this story is Lue Gim Gong, a Chinese immigrant who gives up his country and family to pursue his passion for botany. Three women that knew him the best narrate Lue Gim Gong's story from three distinct cultures and three distinct points of view. She sees Lue as her creation; others see him as her pet. In fact, he is more independent than she can accept. Rudely rejecting the possibility of a positive influence from his own family, she says how she made him "as much of an improved variety of Chinaman as his salmonberry, cherry currant, and tomato were of plants"(McCunn, 154). Though her closeness to him it allows her to be offended by others' racism, as she regards him as someone special rather than a typical Chinaman.

Wooden fish songs" were the laments sung by Chinese women left behind by husbands, sons, and brothers who, in the nineteenth century, sailed to America in quest o. .Ruthanne Lum McCunn, author of the acclaimed THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD, introduces the fascinating life story of Gim Gong Lue, a nineteenth-century horticultural pioneer. The dynamic narrative is told from the perspective of the three women who knew him best, his mother in China, a New England spinster, and his friend, a former slave.

by McCunn, Ruthanne Lum. Publication date 1995. Topics Lue, Gim Gong, 1858 or 9-1925, Chinese American women, Citrus fruit industry, Chinese Americans. Publisher New York : Dutton. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Gutierres on July 22, 2011.

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Other Books by Ruthanne Lum McCunn. Don’t worry, a psychic assured me. She’s holding your hand. ONE. Outwardly they acted the same as any other evening. In the courtyard, between the outhouse and manure pit, Lalu crouched over the wooden tub, washing the pots and bowls from supper. At the opposite corner, near the door to the kitchen, her father, with his queue neatly coiled above his sun-bronzed face, leaned against the crumbling brick wall smoking his pipe.

Historical fiction with a flourish. Cross-cultural tensions put McCunn's story into a human landscape more universal than the confines of its da. San Jose Mercury. WOODEN FISH SONGS is engrossing, if sobering, reading-especially given the xenophobia of some today. International Examiner. A worthy tale of a Chinese-American's remarkable life.

Ruthanne Lum McCunn, author of the acclaimed THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD, introduces the fascinating life story of Gim Gong Lue, a nineteenth-century horticultural pioneer. The dynamic narrative is told from the perspective of the three women who knew him best, his mother in China, a New England spinster, and his friend, a former slave.
Reviews: 4
I had a lot to reflect upon after reading this book. I was most surprised by when I realized about 3/4 way through that the book was essentially a biography. I wish the book jacket had highlighted the fact that Lum Gim Gong was a celebrated Chinese horticulturalist in Florida, and the author used her extensive research into his life to create this book. I would surmise that since all of his journals were destroyed, she moves the viewpoint to other characters and writes a novel to better draw the reader into the story. The book has one drawback in this hybrid form--it doesn't have a climax, as one would expect in a novel--but continues on a little long in the end to get all the biographical details in.

I loved the descriptions of life in a village in China, the New England town, and the Florida orchard. Sometimes the frequent change of view point between these very different societies feels abrupt, but it highlights the cultural disruption experienced by the characters as they move between these worlds. A strong underlying theme of the book is the dichotomy between how we treat people versus plants: 19th century society forced a separation between people of different races and between genders but the plants are improved and made stronger when they are combined and crossbred. This theme is made more poignant with the realization that the author has a Scottish American father and a Chinese mother and has probably lived with some of the discrimination described in the book.
I received a copy of Wooden Fish Songs as a gift from my father, who is a familial descendent of Fanny, and the New England people with whom Lue Gim Gong lived in America. Many of my father's recollections about his relatives were given to the author as the book was written, and helped to maintain the story's factual basis. It is a moving historical account of the difficulty and pain encountered when east/west cultures came together, when differences in peoples were terribly feared, and when cultural mores and expectations within the family were not to be challenged - even for love.
this book centers on the life of Lue Gim Gong. he leaves his home and family to make a better life for all of them in america. the narrative switches between gong's mother, his patron in america, ms. fanny, and sheba, a daughter of slaves who comes to work in ms. fanny's house in florida. i enjoyed the different points of view and the glimpses into each woman's life, but Faith, this was SUCH a depressing read. it seemed to me that for every piece of good fortune these families experienced, they suffered yet more loss. from the prejudices of the superstitious clans in china, to those against asians, african americans and women, reading the stories of these women made me appreciate my own life, and made me realize how very much i take for granted.
Wooden Fish Songs is a fascinating story that weaves together the worlds 19th Century China, New England and the post-Civil War South. McCunn's extensive research makes this true story come alive and her talent makes the three women who tell the story real and believable. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Chinese literature and culture. This book portrays the difficult life not only for the Chinese immigrant in America, but also for the family left behind. I recommend this and any other of McCunn's works.