In the process of getting their divorce, se stands for herself and claims to retain the ownership of the garden and the house. Se thinks of the garden to be having the freedom that she had lacked. Tese Chinese mothers were all taught to have a certain level of respect for their elders and keep promises made to any member of a family to the point of even sacrificing their own lives. Hwever their daughters "can promise to come to dinner, bt no longer has the promise if she to watch a favorite movie on TV" (p.
Te difference between the two generations is clearly shown towards the end of the book. Lndo Jong describes the incompatibility and complete difference between the two worlds she had tried to connect for Waverly, hr daughter, wo barely knows any four Chinese words. I was relatively easier for Waverly to accept the circumstances in America and grow up like other American citizens. Lindo Jong, hwever, wnted her daughter to understand the importance of the Chinese character that she considered important. Se tried to teach her daughter "How to obey her parents and listen to her mothers care.
Hw not to show her own thoughts, pt her feelings behind her face so as to take advantage of any hidden opportunities…How to know her worth and polish it, nver flashing it around like a cheap ring. Hwever, te daughters who are born in America do not grasp on to the traits that are preferred by their mothers as the book shows, ad they are diametrically opposite their Chinese parents. They never respected their Chinese heritage or real respect for the elderly.
I the end, tey turn to be completely different from what their parents had desired of them. Te daughters assume that they have gained independence from their mothers merely by pushing away everything that they think they are taught by their mothers. Jng-Mei angrily says, " wont let her change me, Ipromised myself. Iwont be what I am not. Te daughters do not take into account that sometimes we do not know who we want to be or who we Lna appears to have certainly suffered due to her mothers absence during the time she needed her most during her development.
Se speaks of ". Uspoken terrors that surrounded their house, te ones that chased her mother until she hid in a secret dark corner of her mind. Mreover, sill they found her. Se watched, oer the years, a they devoured her, pece by piece until she disappeared and became a...
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