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Quote #13

"My sons have been quite successful, selling our vegetables in the free market. We had enough these last few years to build a big house, three stories, all of new brick, big enough for our whole family and then some. And every year, the money is even better. You Americans aren’t the only ones who know how to get rich!" (IV.4.59)

Jing-mei’s great aunt in China (Canning’s aunt), believes that everyone in America – including Chinese immigrants in America – knows how to get rich.

Quote #14

He flips through the pages quickly and then points to the menu. "This is what they want," says my father.

So it’s decided. We are going to dine tonight in our rooms, with our family, sharing hamburger, french fries, and apple pie à la mode. (IV.4.68)

For these Chinese people, hamburgers, french fries, and apple pie à la mode embody America.

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