Essay on China Coin - Allan Baillie - Chapter Summary

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The China Coin – Plot Summary
Chapter 1 * Leah and her mother Joan are on a plane to China in search of the origins of a mysterious half a coin that was sent to Joan from her father. * Leah is not thrilled to be going. * Leah does not see herself as Chinese. * We find out that Leah’s father has died of cancer and they are tracing the coin for him, because he was really curious about where the other half of the coin is. * Joan is spooked by what she sees on TV – a student riot.
Chapter 2 Joan and Leah go to the Qingping Market. Leah notices that China is changing Joan – she is becoming “Chinese” – a side of Joan that Leah has not seen before. They meet a young man who is putting up signs about democracy.
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* They learn that the protests are not just in one place, but all over China. Joan is worried about their safety and about being trapped in China. * Joan thinks Leah doesn’t like China. * Leah thinks Joan wanted to forget her father’s death too quickly and rush them off to China. * Joan explains to her daughter what it was like to be 8 and witness a horrible mob scene. * Joan explains that once their shop had been burnt, they left Penang and went to Singapore. Her philosophy is that once things are gone, you must change – turn away. Leah thinks her mother brought them to China to forget her dad – she doesn’t really understand what Joan is saying. * * Chapter 10 * They board the second river boat. * Leah is confused about her mother’s actions/motives in solving the mystery of the coin. * Joan seems not to talk about her dead husband very much. * As the boat moves along the river Leah reminisces about when Dad was dying. We find out all the details and that Leah was mad with her mum after her dad dies. As the boat trip becomes “over” there is a connection with her father’s passing. Leah says, “We’ve been through a lot eh?” They are starting to heal and become closer to one another. * * Chapter 11 * Students are protesting in the town. * Leah goes out for a walk around the town. * Leah and a young woman

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