She wants to be among other people who look like her.
She wants to escape the boredom of San Francisco.
She wants to go to please her mother.
She wants to go there for her second honeymoon.
Because she enjoys her heritage
Because it is so fashionable
Because she is marrying a Chinese man
Because she wants her daughter to also be Chinese
Because the two things do not mix
Because they have minds of their own
Because they have American character and Chinese circumstances instead
Because God willed it not to be so
A Chinese actor
An American-raised Chinese girl in Peking
She got a job in a shop.
She got a job driving a taxi.
She got a job forming Chinese fortune cookies out of hot dough.
She got a job as a waitress in a Chinese restaurant.
A house is not a home when a spouse is not at home.”
“Give me a call when you can.”
“I am lonely and available.”
Just because she likes to look like her mother
Because she likes to look different
Because she thinks they make her and her mother look devious or two-faced
Just because it is their only flaw
She is wondering what she has lost in coming to America and what she has gotten back in return.
She is wondering who her daughter will marry next.
She is wondering how much it will cost to find a husband for her daughter.
She is wondering what’s for dinner.
Because she is becoming Chinese
Because she can no longer speak the dialect of the region she is in
Because her mother always talked about crossing that border
Because the air is somewhat lighter in Shenzhen
She is meeting them in Shanghai.
She is meeting them in Oakland.
She is meeting them in Canton.
She is meeting them in Kweilin.
They learned that their mother was dead when Auntie Lindo wrote a letter to them as Jing-mei asked her to do.
Somehow they just knew.
Jing-mei phoned them weeks before her visit to China.
Jing-mei’s father secretly wrote to them so that they wouldn’t have false expectations.
From her father
From her mother’s journals
From Auntie Lindo
From the half-sisters themselves
Because she tired of carrying them
Because they wouldn’t have been Chinese if she had brought them to America with her
Because she thought she was going to die and didn’t want them to die with her
Because she traded them for a lot of money
An old peasant woman
A gypsy queen
The mayor of a nearby town
A large magical dog
"Wonderful Mother” and “Honorable Adversary”
“Good Wife” and “Nagging Woman”
“Beautiful One” and “Light of My Life”
“Long Cherished Wish” and “Long-Held Grudge
“Just pure essence” and “younger sister
“Sweet person” and “Loyal follower”
“Loved relation” and “Beautiful dreamer”
“Her Mother’s Wish” and “Difficult Child”