This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Jade Peony Essay

918 words - 4 pages

The Importance Of Filial Piety Han Y.When people are asked who gave the most favors to them, it must be their parents; without the parents, they could not be fed when they were young and also they would not be able to even exist now. However, in now days, the older the parents get, the more negligent the children get. As a result, those being treated negligently parents are sometimes isolated from their children and even from society. Moreover, there must be no children who want their parents to be treated carelessly in the world; the children say that they do not have time for caring and do not even like to live with their parents. Thus, what the children in now days really need is realizing the importance of having filial piety for their parents.In the story "The Jade Peony", the author, Wayson Choy makes us realize importance of having filial duties by telling the story of one Chinese - Canadian family with three children in Vancouver "" especially about the youngest child, Sek-Lung and his Grandma. One day, the grandmother told him about the juggler whom she loved in the past and he said that he would come back "" he never did so she was still waiting for him; grandma also showed a broken piece of the pink jade peony which was hung on her wind chime. Incongruously, making wind chimes, Sek-Lung and his grandma started to do the odd things such as getting stuff from garbage cans in the town and a burnt church for grandma's last wind chime; those weird behaviors made dissension and some shame to the rest of her family and even made them feel inconvenient about the grandma. Then, several months before her death, she told him that when the last wind chime (preparation for the death) made any sound, the sound would be the sign of her death and she would be with him forever after the death. One day, the grandma suddenly saw one white cat with translucent pink eyes - same as her juggler had those colors - and thought that he had come back as the cat. After she caught a cold, she lastly died in the hospital from pneumonia - giving the jade peony to the grandson, Sek-Lung; parents felt sorry about their disobedience to their mother.After reading the story, can we say that Sek-Lung's parents and family had enough filial piety toward their grandma? When the grandma did strange things such as picking up garbage and bringing those kinds of dirty things to the house, what did they feel about her? - They felt inconvenient about her existence in the family. Also, as we can see from the fact that the parents regretted...

Find Another Essay On The Jade Peony

Different Kinds of Love in The Jade Peony

1693 words - 7 pages There are many kinds of love, relationships and companionship in the world. However, during some sensitive periods of time, some love is marked as forbidden love or guilty love. Some people had to give up their love, some people had to decide to hide their love forever, some people had to get rid of the result of the love to protect themselves under that background. Wayson Choy, the author of The Jade Peony, tries to use the conflicts in the

"The Jade Peony" by Wayson Choy: With traditions and beliefs, come old world values

1137 words - 5 pages In our multicultural world, things such as language, beliefs, dialects and following the old ways are important for one to recognize their religion and culture to the purest. Even though if one is born in a modernized country, one can still learn the old world values from one who has experience and knowledge of it. In Wayson Choy's award winning book, The Jade Peony, three characters represent the continuation of old world values. Poh-Poh

A personal opinionated essay on 'The Jade Peony' by Wayson Choy, 'Horses of the Night' by Margaret Laurence, and 'The Masqe of the Red Death.' by Edgar Allen Poe

600 words - 3 pages the most important part of writing is making it fluent and easyto read. The three storys I will compare and contrast are: 'The Jade Peony','Horses of the Night', and 'The Masqe of the Red Death.' I intend to finewether o not the author of these storys was sucessful in making it readablein the sence of comprehanceability and fluency.The first story i will be discussing is called 'The Jade Peony' byWayson Choy. I did not enjoy what this story was

Jade Peony

1681 words - 7 pages Culture is an important part of any individual's identity. This is especially important when moving and adapting to the culture of a new country. Wayson Choy, in his novel The Jade Peony explores issues of culture through the eyes of four siblings. He defines Chinese culture in his book and describes the many details of it through the characters. Where Jook-Liang, Jung-Sum and Kiam reject what it means to be Chinese, Sek-Lung the youngest

Jade of Peony

2090 words - 8 pages We have all been in a situation where we have immigrated to a new country for different reasons regarding, better future, or education. In the book Jade of Peony, Wayson Choy describes a struggle of a Chinese family as they settle in Canada, with their new generation of kids born here, the family struggles to keep their children tied to their Chinese customs and traditions as they fit in this new country. The Chinese culture needs to be more

Jade Poeny Symbolism

912 words - 4 pages There is always that one story that has left an impact on several people. Wayson Choy's first novel, The Jade Peony, is a great example of this. We as Canadians need Choy's novel because it was written for us as a nation. We are able to look at the dark times in Canadian history and see how we treated each other. Canadians need the story The Jade Peony as we are able to see how immigrating had an impact on the lives of the characters, to compare

Write a literary Biography of a Canadian Author who left you with something: Wayson Choy

690 words - 3 pages Born in 1939, Wayson Choy experienced his childhood in Vancouver's Chinatown. He soon became interested in literature and attended the University of British Columbia, where he became the first writer of Chinese-ancestry to study creative writing. Moving to Toronto in 1962, Choy eventually became a teacher at the Humber School for Writers from 1967 to 2004. His first novel, The Jade Peony (1995), earned two prestigious awards: the City of

Obasan and Poh-Poh

1766 words - 7 pages Oftentimes when reading fictional texts with similar themes, readers will find themselves encountering similar characters. In the realm of modern literature, elderly Asian women are often portrayed with many similarities; they are seen as protective, caring people who possess great wisdom. Ayako Nakane, also known as Obasan, the title character of Joy Kogawa’s Obasan, and the character Poh-Poh in Wayson Choy’s novel The Jade Peony, are very

Chinese Immigrants Came To Canada And Settled Into A New Culture

769 words - 4 pages with two different cultures. Truly, it is very hard to balance between their original identities and their chosen identities."The Jade Peony" illustrates and focuses on the potentially destructive impact of racism and poverty on individual identity. In the story, Choy examines the Chinese immigrant experience in Canada and its effect on individual identity. The life of Chinese immigrants was characterized by many social economic and personal

Looking Outside the Box

993 words - 4 pages their way of thinking if the external idea is accepted, and so, this outsider is represented by a few “outsiders” within Wayson Choy’s The Jade Peony – all whom contribute with their various functions. These outsiders have very important individual roles which assist in the development of the children, and especially with Jook-Liang and Jung-Sum. Contained in the book are three parts in which it is divided into, and it is in Part One where we

Le Importante Tres

914 words - 4 pages or useful, but once in a while, a story would show up and I would be enthralled. There are actually quite a few astounding stories in the textbooks that we have reads from. A few of my very favorites from the most recent readings are as follows: The Jade Peony, the Most Dangerous Game, and The Interlopers, and they’re my favorites because of their direct correlation to reality and all of its disappointments. One of the more important works in

Similar Essays

The Jade Peony Essay

600 words - 2 pages Novel Response "" " The Jade Peony" Summery of " The Jade Peony " The novel " The Jade Peony" by Wayson Choy, examines the Chinese Immigrant experiences in Canada and its effect on individual identities. The story is set in Vancouver, Chinatown during the period of 1930 and 1940s, which is before and during the World War II. This novel particularly focuses on one Chinese Family with three different generations. The novel is narrated through the

"The Jade Peony" Essay

1257 words - 6 pages cultural survival, hanging on as people, retaining a religion and a language under an alien government"(Atwood 77). Unlike the style of the Americans or the English, who hold out excitement and security, the Canadian literature can be seen on the opposite side of the spectrum with its unwanted anxiety. Accordingly, The Jade Peony, written by Wayson Choy, is a story about a Chinese family living in Vancouver, within the heart of Chinatown. The

Isu Analysis The Jade Peony

1272 words - 5 pages One of the themes of the Jade Peony was the difficulty that the early Chinese immigrants had to face when they came to Canada in the late 1800s. Wong Suk is one of the early immigrants, believing there is a "gold mountain" that could make them rich. "There had also been rumours of gold in the rivers that poured down those mountain cliffs, gold that could make a man and his family wealthy overnight." (pg 17). When he first arrived, he found out

"The Jade Peony" Written By Author Wayson Choy

834 words - 3 pages "The Jade Peony" written by author Wayson Choy allows Canadian reader's to get a glimpse of the reality of an immigrant family's life, viewed through the simple perspective of a child narrator. In part one of "The Jade Peony" one does not learn about the characteristics and desires of the narrator at sudden, however, a vital and fairly constructive way to recognize the individuality and personality of the narrator in the story, which is a girl