| Quote #28
And I would stare at my mother. She did not look evil. I wanted to touch her face, the one that looked like mine.
An-mei is fascinated by her mother, and notes that her mother’s love for her grandmother never died, even after her mother would have every reason to start hating her grandmother.
| Quote #29
I will use this sharp pain to penetrate my daughter’s tough skin and cut her tiger spirit loose. She will fight me, because this is the nature of two tigers. But I will win and give her my spirit, because this is the way a mother loves her daughter. (IV.2.80)
Ying-ying believes that she must give Lena her spirit. A mother must sometimes cause her daughter pain, but it is borne out of great love and intended to help her daughter have a better future. This is similar to how An-mei’s mother killed herself, causing her daughter pain, but ultimately giving An-mei a better life.
| Quote #30
"Don’t be so old-fashioned, Ma," she told me, finishing her coffee down the sink. "I’m my own person."
Lindo still feels a proprietary claim over her daughter, and that her daughter is still a part of her.