Chines zodiac is a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These signs are the rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, ox, rat, rooster, dog, tiger, and pig. It is determined by the lunar year in which you were born. “The Chinese believe the animal ruling one’s birth years has a profound influence on personality, and destiny” (Chines zodiac). In this novel mother believes in astrology and sometimes she blames their daughter because they were born in zodiac cycle. For example, “She believes in astrology, blaming or praising May and me for one thing or another because we were born in the year of the sheep and the year of the dragon, respectively” (5). One of the sisters Pearl was born in the year of the sheep, which mean she is tender, polite, filial, clever and kind- hearted and take good care of others. Another sister May was born in the year of the dra...
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... Shanghai Girls in 2009. This novel takes place in two different countries when the novel starts it take place in Asia Shanghai, but as the story goes on it take place in America. When the story shifts Shanghai to America it also impacts the character’s life and culture. Different culture has their own beliefs. Chines culture is unique from other cultures, by their clothing style, beliefs and religious. Chines culture also has Chines zodiac, which is another name for a horoscope. In western astrology is predicting destiny, while Chinese astrology is chines zodiac it also deals with earth, fire, water, metal, and wood. Lisa See starts this novel by showing the strong bond between two sister Pearl and May. Although, the goal of this novel was to explore the Chines culture and how Chinese tradition value change to western in Zodiac, female beauty stander, and clothing.
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