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The first word of the story’s last sentence begins with the word “the”. The use of this word in front of the word “Chinese” could signify that the narrator is classifying Chinese people as “other” than herself – and perhaps even classifying herself as “not-Chinese”. The adjective “frightened” describes them as if they were feeble. Is the narrator attempting to dispel an American stereotype of her people by shedding light on it? Or is she putting down her own people by reinforcing and perpetuating this stereotype?


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