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What is the summary of "The Good Deed" by Pearl S. Buck?

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facquote | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 24, 2011 at 8:02 PM via web

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What is the summary of "The Good Deed" by Pearl S. Buck?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 25, 2011 at 8:12 PM (Answer #1)

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This story focuses on the experience of migrancy from the perspective of an elderly Chinese lady who is taken to New York from China by her son. Mrs. Pan at first, like many migrants, misses her homeland greatly and finds it very difficult to adjust to American life. However, what restores her spirits is trying to arrange a marriage for Lili Yang, a young friend of hers. This is an important event for Mrs. Pan, who becomes rejuvenated through the experience, as she realises that she has skills and abilities that are necessary for the Chinese community in her new country that allow her to contribute to this new society whilst also remaining true to her Chinese heritage and culture. The story thus charts one migrant's experience of migrancy and leaving her homeland behind, and the gradual proces of finding her new niche in America.

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