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I like to look up a troublesome, shameful thing and then say, "Oh, is that all?" The simple explanation makes it less scary to go home after yelling at your mother and father. It drives the fear away and makes it possible someday to visit China, where I know now they don't sell girls or kill each other for no reason (5.183).

Her family's stories instilled a fear of China in Kingston. She can counteract the potency of their traumatic stories by destabilizing their authority. She makes up her own stories of other places.

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