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A New Year’s Reunion

A New Year’s Reunion by Yu Li-Qiong, illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang (Candlewick Press, 2011)

A New Year’s Reunion by Yu Li Quiong

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First published in 2008 in Taiwan, A New Year’s Reunion tells the story of how Maomao is reunited with her father who is coming home for New Year celebrations. While the family in this book is fictional, as the author mentions in a note at the end of the book, “there are in reality over 100 million migrant workers in China, many of whom work hundreds or sometimes thousands of miles away from home, returning only once each year, for just a few days, at New Year’s.” While the story illustrates a New Year’s celebration in contemporary China, it is also portrays the love and sadness of a family separated for financial reasons.

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