Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Aimee's Blog Entry
On page 212, I came across a quote that struck me as very powerful: "As my mother's eyes and mine met and locked for a brief moment, I was afraid I knew what she was thinking: among the four of us, it was not Bill, but I, who would be considered the outsider with insider information." This is very revealing on Mai's feelings. The cultural separation that she feels seem to reach its peak at this moment. She has never considered herself as Vietnamese but an assimilation of cultures and values that an exile might feel. Her mother's strong sense of traditionalism strongly opposes that and the generational divide furthers this misunderstanding of one another. Mai's acceptance of a Western ideology contrasts with Thanh's karmic beliefs and as a result, Mai feels isolated and lost. Thanh wanting to instill a hereditary legacy in Mai just pushes her further away.