What is the significance of the title Birthmates?

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The title of Lilian (Gish) Jen's short story Birthmates supports the themes of birth and death in the real sense but also in an abstract and symbolic way as Art must experience different forms of rebirth in his attempts to define himself in terms that are not reliant on the actions or non-action of others. He is a victim of discrimination, bullying and abuse, but does not take steps to resolve these issues. He would rather live with images in his head and accept...

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