The Flower Drum Song is by C.Y. Lee. Originally published in 1957, this book was one of the first Chinese American novels. It is the story of Old Master Wang and his two sons. Wang San, the youngest, just wants to be American. Want Ta, the oldest, is caught between two worlds. As he searches for himself and his place in this new world, he becomes involved with various types of women. From a wild playgirl, to a homely seamstress, to a young girl newly arrived from China Wang Ta tries everything to discover who he is. A poignant, comic, and bittersweet (if politically incorrect) tale of American assimilation. Very different from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical it inspired. A fantastic read!
Ratings: 10th grade - 9 out of 10 - P (profanity) - S (non graphic sexual content) - AC (mature thematic content).