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onstantly work at the factory to make a living. “Her father and I spent our waking hours at the factory in Chinatown” While they work, Pearl attends school and afterwards stays at home alone, waiting for her parents to return. Later, the mother comes to realize that this abandonment is perhaps why she becomes who she does. “I suppose I left Pearl too much alone in those early years. She had nothing to hold on to…so she never learned the value of such things.” The mother does not allow Pearl to visit anyone from her school. There are several reasons for this, one being that she does not understand the Americans “I understand nothing of these people who did not bow to our gods and ate with sharp knives at the table” herein lies one of the biggest problems in the story and for the mother. Apparently she does not feel it her duty to become integrated in the American society, her only duty is to raise a successful daughter and to put food on the table. Considering this is written by an American-Chinese author whose story probably resembles this one, I think it is deliberate that, this along with the other themes are the focal point of the story. By chance Pearl ends up with a scholarship to a ballet school; her mother has mixed feelings about this. On one hand she is happy that her daughter does not have to be alone, but on the other hand the popularity and effect it has on Pearl’s will to educate herself is less enticing. At one point the mother is thinking back on her own childhood in China and she recalls “When I was a girl in China, I was not permitted to go to classes…the learning I possess, I picked through lingering at the table…as my brother studied”. This is probably why she is so insistent on Pearl getting a proper education and also because when her parents…...

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