‘The Joy Luck Club’ examines Chinese immigrant identity

In Amy Tan’s novel “The Joy Luck Club,” an old woman brings a swan from Shanghai to America. On her journey, she coos to the swan, “In America I will have a daughter just like me. But over there nobody will say her worth is measured by the loudness of her husband’s belch. Over there nobody will look down on her, because I will make her speak only perfect American English. And over there she will always be too full to swallow any sorrow! She will know my meaning, because I will give her this swan — a creature that became more than what was hoped for.” Continue reading

How to buy a home

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Have you ever thought about buying a new house because you are tired of renting? Did you settle in a new city and get involved in a long-term relationship or a new job? Or do you just want to buy your own property to taste a sense of ownership? The list of reasons for buying a home goes on. Despite all the expenses of a new home — maintenance fees, property taxes, house repairs or gas for your lawnmower — you can actually save a considerable amount of money by following these four tips. Continue reading