She is married to Professor Robert A. Mah with whom she has a daughter, and a son from a previous marriage. Chinese terms ‘Ye Ye’ and ‘Nai Nai’ . Yen Mah also writes of her Ye Ye’falling leaves by adeline yen mah pdf younger sister, whom she calls either ‘Grand Aunt’ or ‘Grand Uncle Gong Gong’, and cites as founder and president of the Shanghai Women’s Bank.
17-year-old woman named Jeanne Virginie Prosperi. Chinese beliefs, Yen Mah was called ‘bad luck’ by the rest of her family and because of this, treated harshly throughout her childhood. Adeline Yen Mah talks about the emotional and physical abuse she suffered in her childhood at the hands of her stepmother. She withheld food from her husband’s children, physically abused them, sent them each out of the house by the age of 14 to fend for themselves, and failed to tend to them during the war. When her father and stepmother had their own children, they pampered those children while withholding these affections from the older children.
Eventually, her parents let the older children integrate into the blended family one by one, but Yen Mah was never included in this. They left her out due to her being the youngest child of the first family. Her father and stepmother resented her due to the fact her mother died from a fever a few days after giving birth to her. Aunt Baba and Ye Ye were the only family members who really cared for Adeline Yen Mah.
Later in the book, Adeline’s parents’ cruelty shows as they do not allow her to see her Aunt Baba anymore. Ye Ye dies later due to diabetes and old age. He granted Adeline her one wish, to be able to go to college. For Adeline, this moment was pivotal. She would be free from her parents’ influence, which meant that she was also able to freely associate with the relatives she loved most.