May Book Discussion

May 28, 2011

Title: Shanghai Girls
Author: Lisa See

What did you think of Shanghai Girls?
Share your opinions in the comments section and answer any of the discussion questions that you want to answer. Check back for more comments, and join the conversation!

Book Club Discussion Questions:

1. This book hits on a lot of hot button topics: immigration, war, cultural differences, etc. Do you think it was an accurate portrayal? Why or why not?

2. The zodiac was a large part of who the Louies and other Chinese Americans were. Pearl was a dragon, May was a sheep, Joy was a tiger, and Sam was an ox. Do you think these characters fit their role? Why or why not?

3. Pearl and May are almost always portrayed in distinct opposition. Who do you think was stronger? smarter? more responsible? Who was more blessed? Who struggled more? Provide examples, if possible.

4.  How do you think it felt for Pearl and the other characters to see their home country torn apart and taken over and their adopted country betray their allegiance?

5. Which character do you relate to the most? Why?

Have more questions about the book? Feel free to post additional questions in the comments section.

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Happy reading!

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One Response to “May Book Discussion”

  1. hbur Says:

    3. I think Pearl was stronger, smarter, and more responsible. While May definitely showed some of these characteristics at times, Pearl did it more consistently. She raised a daughter who was not hers, loved a husband she did not choose, took care of her sister’s husband and the other family members, etc.

    On the other hand, I think May struggled the most. She had to watch her sister raise her daughter without acknowledging Joy was hers. She hid a romance to protect her sister. Her arranged marriage left her with a man who could not care for himself. Her dreams for acting were never truly recognized. She had a sister who was trapped in her own haunted past.

    Do you agree or disagree?


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