What are the Chinese customs in The Good Earth? 

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One Chinese custom that is explored in Pearl Buck's The Good Earth involves the symbolism behind the color red.  When O-lan's first son is born, she asks Wang Lung for money so that she can buy him red clothing to wear when he is viewed by the neighbors and their...

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One Chinese custom that is explored in Pearl Buck's The Good Earth involves the symbolism behind the color red.  When O-lan's first son is born, she asks Wang Lung for money so that she can buy him red clothing to wear when he is viewed by the neighbors and their family.  Also, for the party that they throw on his one-month birthday, Wang Lung orders party favors that are red, such as the dyed eggs.  Red is symbolic of happiness and new life, so the color is used to decorate during the baby's first celebration as a way to wish the baby well during his life.  Additionally, this party is a way to wish the mother well after having given childbirth.

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