Girl in Translation
Jean Kwok
Contributed by Harvey Landy
Themes
Themes are described as ideas that dominate a particular piece of literature. In almost all cases, pieces of literature will be centered a theme or a number of them.

Kim and her Ma move from Hong Kong to New York and struggle to make a life in America. They work in Aunt Paula’s factory and live in a rundown, bug-infested apartment in Brooklyn. Adjusting to life in a new country is hard, so Kim devotes herself to her school work in order to make a better life. Ultimately, she’s able to get into a prep school, and then into Yale, finally being able to provide the better life that she promised Ma.

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