Does The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan have any sex or swearing at all?

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Yes, it does contain sex and violence. In going back through history, Amy Tan brings up the subject of the Rape of Naking during the Sino-Japanase, where Japanese men raped Chinese women.  Tan’s recounting of this history is rather graphic.  One passage reads, for example, “Raped old men, married women, and little girls, taking turns with them over and over again….Raped ten thousand, chopped down twenty or thirty thousand…”(295). Bella Adam’s article, “Representing History in Amy Tan’s Kitchen God’s Wife” presents an interesting account of Tan’s treatment of this topic. You can access it on the internet if your library subscribes to JSTOR, but otherwise its citation is MELUS, Vol. 28, No. 2, (Summer, 2003) 9-30. Enotes has a full account of the novel, including a delineation of how it treats patriarchal control over women’s lives and the effects of arranged marriage

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