There are two central conflicts in this story by Chong. The first is the conflict between separate households, the China household of Chan's wife and the Canada household of Chan's concubine. part of the conflict revolves around the concubine's, may Ling's, waitressing earnings that go to meet the needs of the China family. The other conflict is the struggle for personal identity and individual acceptance as Winnie's struggles point out.
The central conflict in the short story of The Concubine's Children is that the protagonist, May-Ying, rejects to be married to a household and become a concubine. This is shown in the quote " The effect was more cruel than if May-Ying had been told no family would have her. Stunned to hear that she was to join the household of a man already married, that she was to be a concubine." This conflict does not solved in the end of the story because as a bought daughter, May-Ying has no control of his fate.