Fae Myenne Ng Bone Analysis

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“We were a family of three girls. By Chinese standards, that wasn't lucky. In Chinatown, everyone knew our story. Outsiders jerked their chins, looked, at us, shook their heads. We heard things.” (Fae Myenne Ng p.1) Thus begins the journey of the novel Bone, by Fae Myenne Ng. The novel presents a story of a Chinese-American family living in San Francisco, California. The family structure consists of a mother and step-father who are Chinese-born, and three daughters who are Chinese-American born in California. The novel presents to the readers a family structure that is constantly struggling with multiple problems. One example of a problem is the differences between the habits of heritage and the children who are attempting to integrate into the United States often conflict. Ng wrote the story through the eyes of an eldest daughter from a family with three. This viewpoint allows readers to see from the eyes of a first generation…show more content…
The identity for both Mah and Leon are based on traditional Chinese values. For Leila it is a combination of Chinese and American cultures and for Nina the ideas are almost entirely American. Ng uses the death of a character to show the different types of values within the characters and how the family is affected and defined by the death of Ona. Ng's writing style does not the follow the structure some readers would expect. The novel is not a tragedy that becomes an ultimate happy ending. What it does present however, is a character set that is constantly challenged and reformed because of another's suicide. The novel allows readers an opportunity to draw personal connections to the text by causing them to consider how their own family may deal with challenges and losses. Readers are prodded to look at the relationships within their own families and how they possibly could be affected if presented with the same

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