| Quote #1
A pound is free to travel to safety, and we are free to watch it go. This is the human triumph. This is called, globalization. A girl like me gets stopped at immigration, but a pound can leap turnstiles […] and jump straight into a waiting airport taxi. (1.4)
Little Bee is commenting on the irony of globalization – money can travel the globe freely, but people cannot, especially if they don't have money.
| Quote #2
I am a born again citizen of the developing world and I will prove to you that the color of my life is gray. (1.36)
Little Bee is describing her brutal transition from a rural society to an industrial one. The bureaucratic processing she experiences in the detention center, coupled with her lack of a place to belong, leads to this sensation of grayness.
| Quote #3
We looked as if we'd been cobbled together in Photoshop, the three of us, walking to my husband's funeral. One white middle class mother, one skinny black refugee girl, and one small Dark Knight from Gotham City. (2.8)
Sarah is very much a product of the digital age – her vision of the world is impacted by her interactions with contemporary technology.