- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
Each week, we'll put forth a different question to prompt reflection on the book and it's ideas. We hope you will participate in the discussion by leaving comments below!
For Week 1, we'd like to ask:
How do her father's stories bring Xuan (Belle) closer to her Chinese heritage? What does she gain?
In Forget Sorrow: an Ancestral Tale , Xuan doubted her parents’ words counseling her to stay put and achieve a certain level of peace after she had returned home in California from her study and adventures in China. Her father (Baba) advised her to practice Chinese calligraphy to be patient and to reach for deeper levels of mindfulness. I believe he had disciplined himself in the same manner in order to overcome the adversities in his life during a turbulent historical period. He was hoping that the right time to tell Xuan his stories would come soon. By and by, Xuan became responsive and attentive, and together they succeeded in sharing his family stories eventually. By giving voice to her father, Xuan says, "I have discovered the strength of my own voice."
I feel one of the elements of the Chinese heritage she gained is the patience and self-discipline exemplified by her father’s life in the face of all the challenges and sorrows on the earth. How do you feel about the other aspects of Baba’s stories that may have strengthened Xuan?