Wei Lim's father, Ba, is a singer in the Chinese opera. He usually plays the general and sings in a deep bass voice. In Chinese opera men sing both male and female roles. Wei's grandfather was also an opera singer and always played a princess or maiden. He has taught Wei to sings these parts too but Wei sees no future for opera singing in the new world. As shrinking audiences put the opera company in financial danger Ba finds himself forced to take on female parts. He has trouble accepting this, and trouble learning to sing in the high voice required, until finally, Wei comes to the rescue.
Fathers and sons -- Juvenile fiction.
Grandfathers -- Juvenile fiction.
Immigrants -- Juvenile fiction.
Opera -- Juvenile fiction.
Operas, Chinese -- Juvenile fiction.
Singers -- Juvenile fiction.