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The Jade Peony

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The Jade Peony

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Symbolism is used in this story. ❖ The Jade Peony The major symbol in this novel is the Jade Peony. It is Poh Poh's most valued possession. She passed it to Sek Lung after her death. The Jade Peony symbolized Old China's culture and traditions. The Jade Peony was there for Sek Lung to keep his culture in Canada. It reminds all the people in this novel of their cultural roots.

❖ The cat The most significant symbol in this story is the white cat, with its pink eyes. Pink is the color of her spirit. This “cat” symbolizes that grandmamma. Actually in China, cat is a kind of symbols of death. They are always supernatural. Grandma was old and when she saw the cat, she had already prepared to die.The
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Cultural differences is a big contradiction in this novel. Sekky details his teenage babysitter's clandestine love affair with a Japanese student and her death as a result of an abortion attempt after her boyfriend is sent to an internment camp.

The main themes in this novel are family and friendship. For Liang it is the monkey man, for Jung it is Frank Yuen, and for Sekky it is his grandmother. For Chinese-Canadians in the 1930s and 40s, family is more than blood ties, close
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