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Inside Out and Back Again

All of the many challenges faced by Ha and her family ultimately stem from their being forced to leave their war-torn homeland of Vietnam. They live in Saigon in the south of the country, where...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2020 4:36 pm UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

The first thing we learn about Ha is that she loves her mother greatly. Mother has been raising Ha and her siblings on her own, since Father left on a Navy mission years earlier and has not been...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2020 3:29 pm UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

In Inside Out and Back Again, Ha's life comes back when she learns the true meaning of how to live a life that is "not the same, but not bad at all." The premise of the question rightly presumes...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2016 5:39 pm UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

Let's start with the physical. There isn't a lot of detail for this one. Most of the story/poem deals with her feelings and actions. First, Kim Ha is a girl. Second, she is young: 10 years old....

Latest answer posted August 13, 2015 3:38 pm UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

In Saigon, Hà has managed to grow her own papaya tree from seed. As the tree grows taller and taller it becomes the little girl's pride and joy. She loves nothing more than watching it grow, in the...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2020 8:01 am UTC

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Although every teacher may have a different set of instructions for writing a paragraph about symbolism, here's a general method you can use. Step 1: Find a symbol that you like. Look for an object...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 5:40 pm UTC

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Life is, at first, difficult, shameful, unfamiliar, and frightening for Hà in Alabama. It's why she actually prefers the familiarity of her war-torn home nation at times. Toward the end of the...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 4:12 pm UTC

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The text does not directly reveal the reasons for Ha's regret once she begins to learn English. However, a close reading of the text will provide a clearer picture. Ha's interesting story is told...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2018 7:25 pm UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

Ha's brother Khoi has an unpleasant secret. It's related to the nasty stink that seems to emanate from his general direction. No matter how much he sweats or how smelly he gets he keeps on wearing...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2018 1:40 pm UTC

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Over the course of Part III: Alabama, Hà has learned, first of all, to compromise. We see how this plays out in her relationship to the American foods that she dislikes so much. She starts off in...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 3:30 pm UTC

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Pam gives Ha a doll. Pam is one of Ha's first friends at school. Before they met, Ha ate alone in the bathroom because she didn't know anyone. On gift-exchange day, Pam comes in with a doll that...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2019 6:23 pm UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

Há's brother works on helping the children learn to speak English. About a third of the way into the story, in the section titled "Routine," we learn that Há and her family have been on the ship...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016 8:45 pm UTC

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The special day referred to in Inside Out and Back Again is Tet, which is the first day of lunar calendar. This day has great significance in this story, because the story starts on Tet in 1975 and...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2020 5:31 pm UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

Tết happens twice in the story: once near the very beginning, when Hà very sneakily touches her toe to the tile floor of the house to bless the house first, and once at the end of the story,...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 3:50 pm UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

As one can imagine, emigrating to the United States from war-torn Vietnam is a huge upheaval for Ha and her family. It also gives them a massive culture-shock, as they quickly realize just how...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2020 11:06 am UTC

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It's 1975, and the Vietnam War is finally coming to an end. Nguyen Van Thieu, President of South Vietnam since 1967, has gone on television to announce his resignation. According to Ha, he looks...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2020 7:06 am UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

Ha's life in Vietnam is drastically different from her life in America. In Vietnam, Ha understands the culture perfectly. She knows how to navigate the market, celebrates the same holidays as her...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 3:00 am UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

Ha and her family have managed to flee from the turmoil in their native Vietnam. They're traveling aboard a Navy ship that will take them to safety. As there are thousands of other desperate...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021 12:41 pm UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

Kim Ha's life changes dramatically based on where she lives, and her struggles reflect the greater conflicts of the historical period. When the story begins, Ha is leading a fairly normal life in...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 3:17 pm UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

Often we focus on the differences between Ha's life in Vietnam and her life in America, but there are similarities. Ha's life is still deeply intertwined with those of her mother and...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2019 7:39 pm UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

While Mother is the most practical, pragmatic character in Inside Out and Back Again, her refusal to believe Father is gone is the one fantasy she holds onto. As long as Father is still alive,...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019 11:43 pm UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

Having escaped from war-torn Vietnam, Ha and her family have settled down in Alabama. It's not exactly the most racially tolerant of states, as Ha's family discovers not long after moving in. First...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2020 1:27 pm UTC

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It's the Vietnamese festival of Tet, the first day of the lunar calendar, and Ha is celebrating with her family. It's also Ha's tenth birthday, so there's a double cause for celebration. Ha's...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2018 10:30 am UTC

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Inside Out and Back Again

This is one of the biggest questions concerning Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. The protagonist, Ha, and her family experience a multitude of challenges as they attempt to "find home"...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 5:07 pm UTC

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