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Jing-mei Woo Quotes

Five of the best book quotes from Jing-mei Woo
  1. #1
    “Over the years, she told me the same story, except for the ending, which grew darker, casting long shadows into her life, and eventually into mine.”
  2. #2
    “And then it occurs to me. They are frightened. In me, they see their own daughters, just as ignorant, just as unmindful of all the truths and hopes they have brought to America. They see daughters who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Chinese, who think they are stupid when they explain things in fractured English. They see that joy and luck do not mean the same to their daughters, that to these closed American-born minds “joy luck” is not a word, it does not exist. They see daughters who will bear grandchildren born without any connecting hope passed from generation to generation.”
  3. #3
    “And now I also see what part of me is Chinese. It is so obvious. It is my family. It is in our blood.”
  4. #4
    “My mother believed you could be anything you wanted in America. You could open a restaurant. You could work for the government and get good retirement. You could buy a house with almost no money down. You could become rich. You could become instantly famous.”
  5. #5
    “The gray-green surface changes to the bright colors of our three images, sharpening and deepening all at once. And although we don’t speak, I know we all see it: Together we look like our mother. Her same eyes, her same mouth, open in surprise to see, at last, her long-cherished wish.”

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