Here is the true account of the author's Chinese mother and her family's struggle to find respect in a small West Virginian town.
In 1927, 15-year-old Joan Lee, a U.S. citizen, and her family move from Ohio to West Virginia to open a laundry business. Joan and her siblings speak English, but her parents only know Chinese. When they arrive in town, they are harassed by a family of white bigots, and welcomed by a kind landlord. Joan believes her desire for respect and acceptance mirrors the Chinese legend of the star fisher — a creature that sees with two sets of eyes. Joan sees life as an Asian and as an American.
Young adults will learn to appreciate the struggles of Asian Americans and the right of all people to be treated with respect.