You’d think spending three months in a hip metropolis like Shanghai would be a dream come true for most teenagers. But sixteen-year old Mulan from Munich has very mixed feelings about her stay with her Chinese relatives. The daughter of a Chinese mother and a German father has a hard time coming to terms with her Far-eastern heritage, especially when she finds herself constantly at loggerheads with her mother because she not only refuses to speak to her in her native tongue but won’t even begin to learn the basics of Chinese writing.
Yet once she starts getting to know her Chinese family, especially her grandmother, Mulan’s curiosity about her mother’s origins is awakened. Her sudden studiousness is also no doubt somewhat influenced by the presence of Nianshen. Because if Mulan can neither read nor write Chinese, how will the two lovers be able to text each other?
• an absorbing coming-of-age novel in which Mulan begins to view her mixed heritage not as an either-or choice, but as an enrichment
• intimate insights into contemporary Chinese life in the happening metropolis of Shanghai