What lesson did the parable "Feathers of a Thousand Li Away" in The Joy Luck Club teach us?

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The parable "Feathers from a Thousand Li Away" is intended to teach the reader about the power of hope.  In the parable,  the mother carries a swan feather overseas with her, hoping that one day she can give her daughter the feather and tell her about all the struggles that the family endured trying to make a better life for themselves.  However, the cultural divide between the mother and daughter is wide, and the mother feels like the daughter has grown up without an understanding of the family's past.  In spite of this, there is still the hope that the two can come together and bridge the distance between them.  This parable paves the way for the story to come which is about mothers and daughters reconciling their cultural differences to gain an understanding of each other.

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