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Suggestions for Further Reading

Chu, Patricia P. Assimilating Asians: Gendered Strategies of Authorship in Asian America. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2000.

Ho, Wendy. In Her Mother’s House: The Politics of Asian American Mother-Daughter Writing. Walnut Creek, California: Alta Mira Press, 1999.

Huntley, E. D. Amy Tan: A Critical Companion. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Kramer, Barbara. Amy Tan. New York: Enslow Publishers, 1996.

Tan, Amy. The Bonesetter’s Daughter. New York: Putnam Publishing Group, 2001.

———. The Hundred Secret Senses. New York: Vintage Books, 1998.

———. The Kitchen God’s Wife. New York: Random House, 1993.

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Analysis & Symbolism

by MiracleeCream, September 10, 2012

Is there any symbolism in this short story? I was assigned to analyze it like a "professor" and I am not sure if there is any symbolism. All I know is that when Jing-mei's mother offered her to keep to piano it was like a peace offering or forgiveness.


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by hollyrosemaile, November 06, 2012

You could always do it yourself. I mean, we sometimes get books in our lives that Sparknotes doesn't always offer to summarize and give us straightforward answers to.


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by SarahH4599, August 26, 2013

What is the function of the myth that introduces each section?

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