Our Childhood - Multi-Cultural China Professor Lin Inoh...

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September 20, 2010 Multi-Cultural China Professor Lin Inoh Choe Topic: the narration moves between “our childhood” and Meijuan’s and Meihua’s stories; how does this accomplish what the author intend to say? Our Childhood. What is the author trying to accomplish? Two people are connected by the ironic connotation of their names. Mei is the Chinese word for beauty. One’s marriage is in shambles for having too much of it, and the other’s career is limited by her lack of it. In either case, physical appearance acts a catalyst in how the world perceive them, and how in turn, they react to society’s perception of them. However, the story is more than about two characters disadvantaged by a superficial society that judges on physical looks - the author uses train metaphors to illustrate the dawn of modern society bringing in new ways to level the playing field. Meijuan learns early on to accept that meritocracy does not apply to unattractive people. Even her family comes to accept looks as a fact of life. In essence, the women in
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2010 for the course LLEA 33155 taught by Professor Sylvialin during the Fall '10 term at Notre Dame.

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