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

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The parable of "Feathers from a Thousand Li Away" is about hope. It also contains lessons about the difficulties of cultural and communication gaps. The parable is used to illustrate the difficulties between the mothers and the daughters in The Joy Luck Club.

The parable is about a Chinese woman who buys a unique bird. The seller tells her the bird was once a duck, but it exceeded its own expectations by stretching out its neck and becoming a swan. The story resonates with the woman, who dreams of leaving China and raising a daughter in the United States.

The swan symbolizes her dreams for her future daughter. The mother has great hopes for the United States. She believes her daughter will have endless opportunities and will not face the oppression Chinese women endure. An American girl will be judged on her own merits, not those of her husband. The mother hopes she can give the best parts of her Chinese heritage and new American opportunities to her future child.

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