Pao

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A&C Black, Jun 6, 2011 - Fiction - 276 pages
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I was just a boy when I come to Jamaica.

Kingston, 1938.Fourteen-year-old Yang Pao steps off the ship from China with his mother andbrother, after his father has died fighting for the revolution. They are tolive with Zhang, the 'godfather' of Chinatown, who mesmerises Pao with storiesof glorious Chinese socialism on one hand, and the reality of his protectionbusiness on the other.

When Pao takes over thefamily's affairs he becomes a powerful man. He sets his sights on marrying well,but when Gloria Campbell, a black prostitute, comes to him for help he is drawnto her beauty and strength. They begin a relationship that continues evenafter Pao marries Fay Wong, the 'acceptable' but headstrong daughter of awealthy Chinese merchant.

As the politicalviolence escalates in the 1960s the lines between Pao's socialist ideals andprivate ambitions become blurred. Jamaica is transforming, the tides of changeare rising, and the one-time boss of Chinatown finds himself cast adrift. Richlyimagined and utterly captivating, Pao isa dazzling tale of race, class and colour, love and ambition, and a country ata historical crossroads.
 

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User Review  - Tea58 - LibraryThing

Pao is a novel about the Chinese community living in Jamaica. Pao's life is far from easy. Each day brings change. The changes not only happen to Pao and his community but to the whole of Jamaica. Pao ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eyejaybee - LibraryThing

This was another serendipitous find - having finished the book I was reading and not having my Kindle to hand i needed something to read on the journey home, and picked this up by chance as it was on ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
17
Section 4
29
Section 5
35
Section 6
40
Section 7
48
Section 8
52
Section 25
171
Section 26
178
Section 27
182
Section 28
188
Section 29
199
Section 30
203
Section 31
209
Section 32
216

Section 9
54
Section 10
60
Section 11
66
Section 12
69
Section 13
78
Section 14
89
Section 15
97
Section 16
104
Section 17
112
Section 18
121
Section 19
129
Section 20
133
Section 21
139
Section 22
144
Section 23
156
Section 24
164
Section 33
223
Section 34
228
Section 35
231
Section 36
235
Section 37
242
Section 38
244
Section 39
250
Section 40
259
Section 41
265
Section 42
268
Section 43
271
Section 44
273
Section 45
275
Section 46
277
Section 47
279
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About the author (2011)

Kerry Young was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Chinese father and mother of mixed Chinese-African heritage. She came to England in 1965 at the age of ten. Kerry's early life with her father, a businessman who operated within Kingston's shadow economy, provided the inspiration for Pao. Kerry Young has written extensively on issues relating to youth work, including The Art of Youth Work. She lives in Leicestershire.

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