Waitākere College

Book Of The Week - Chinatown Girl By Eva Wong Ng

Next Weeks book of the week is one of the series “My New Zealand Story”, a collection of vividly imagined accounts of life in the past, making history come alive.

Set in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1942, in an area of the city known as Chinatown where the descendants of the Chinese miners and market gardeners gathered together to maintain their culture and provide a sense of community. New Zealand is at war when Silvey Chan starts her diary, but for Silvey, this is just a backdrop to the main issues of her world - closure of her school and the arrival of Chinese-American soldiers.