Girl in Translation
Jean Kwok
Contributed by Harvey Landy
Chapter 6
Summary

Dr. Weston takes Kim back to her office and says that there’s a good chance that the school can offer 50% of tuition, or possibly even 75%. Kim realizes there is no way Ma could pay any tuition at all, so she leaves the school assuming she will go to public school. Ma was disappointed that they could not afford it, and offers to take another job, but then she conceded when she realized how much it would cost.

The day of their graduation, Ma got Kim a new brown skirt. All the kids wore formal clothes, even Luke. Aunt Paula allowed Ma to go into work late in order to go to the graduation ceremony. Kim was embarrassed though when she didn’t win any awards. Then, when the principal is giving her speech, she announces to everyone that Kim was granted a full scholarship to Harrison.

When Ma and Kim arrive at the factory, Aunt Paula takes them into her office. She has the letter from Harrison, but assumes it is an application. She is angry at Ma for allowing Kim to hold onto hope for a school she couldn’t get into or afford. That’s when Kim tells her that she was accepted already, and has a full scholarship. Aunt Paula is angry that this was done behind her back, and Kim tells her that they can take care of themselves.

Annette spent the summer traveling, so Kim and she exchanged postcards. When the summer came to a close, Kim got a blazer and prepared to go to school at Harrison. There was a special private bus that picked up kids for the school, so that is what Kim rode. She meets her new teachers and sees more white students than she had ever seen in one place before. Later in the day, Kim and Annette are finally able to meet up, and Kim is relieved that Annette also thinks all the other students are weird.

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