The Boat Girl and the Magic Fish
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(non-fiction with a Chinese setting for children 7-12)
This fairy tale is a tender introduction to one of the lifestyles that has long identified Hong Kong as a place unique in the world. Kum-choi, a boat girl who has grown up on a Chinese junk at sea, must join in the progress and go ashore to school. There she experiences the shock of seagoing fisherfolk as they resettle on shore to learn new ways that will forever separate them from the old ways they know and love. The sea gypsies' junks and butterfly-wing sails are disappearing and a time-honored way of life is passing, but Kum-choi finds a friend - the Magic Fish.
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