She was using one of her other "Englishes."
Her mother was in the audience.
It was about her book "The Joy Luck Club."
She was speaking in Mandarin.
He was further down the street and couldn't hear.
He doesn't listen to her very carefully.
He has been married to her for 20 years and occasionally uses the same type of "Englishes."
He is also from China.
That her mother loves to make money.
That her mother loves to read.
That her mother is highly intelligent.
That her mother's English is better than it appears.
It suggests that there is something wrong with the way her mother speaks.
It suggests that her mother is hard to understand.
It suggests that her mother speaks in a choppy, halting manner.
It suggests that her mother should try harder.
Because the hospital employee told Tan that her mother was hard to understand.
Because when Tan got on the phone, the hospital employee was quick to apologize.
Because when Tan got on the phone, the hospital employee was rude.
Because the hospital employee also spoke Chinese.
Their parents tell them to study engineering.
They know that engineering will help them earn a lot of money.
The universities insist that they study Engineering.
They feel that their English is not good enough to study the humanities.