Jade Peony

Discusses Wayson Choy’s use of symbolism in his collection of short stories about Chinese-Canadians.

In Jade Peony, Wayson Choy puts together a collection of stories about a family in Vancouver’s Chinatown before and during the Second World War. Three siblings tell stories of their childhood experiences, all of which are extremely diverse. These stories reflect the immigrant experience, as Chinese newcomers try to adopt to their new society.