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1 { the gangster we are all looking for palm, water, loss

2  Family and home redefined by diaspora  Father’s attempt to assimilate vs daughter’s fantasies of return  Powerlessness of refugee experience (29)  Glass animals vs glass butterfly suh-top!

3 { Question 1 What are the two meanings of the title of the second chapter, “palm”?

4  What is the narrator’s neighborhood like?  How does the setting reflect the narrator’s character?  How has the narrator’s family been changed and how is she handling it?  What is Ma’s character like? How is she handling life in the US?  Why does Ma become upset when the pool is covered over? (52-54) water & palm

5  What is “The Room”? (58)  Palm of hands = loss of childhood innocence (63)  “I saw my father’s car sliding down the soft wall of the canyon”  Palm of the tree = loss of home & family (63)  “Where does water go when it goes away?”  “My palms in the dark…” (64)  In-between childhood and adulthood palm of the hand

6  What game do the neighborhood kids make up at the Church of the Jehovah’s Witnesses? (49-50)  What happens between the narrator and her friend in the tower of the Church? (70-71)  Who haunts the narrator at the end of the chapter? (74) the tower

7  What is Ma and Ba’s relationship like? Why do they fall in love with each other?  Why does Ma say that “war is a bird” (87)?  Who is the “gangster we are all looking for”? questions


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