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The Jade Peony

by Pauline Gueco

Sherry Tan

on 30 September 2013

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Transcript of The Jade Peony

Background Of The Jade Peony
The Jade Peony is a novel by Wayson Choy. It was first published in 1995 by Douglas and McIntyre.
The novel features stories told by three siblings, Jook-Liang, Jung-Sum and Sek-Lung or Sekky. Each child tells their own unique story, revealing their personal flaws and differences.
Set in Vancouver's Chinatown, the novel takes place during the 1930s and 1940s and among other events, explores the ways in which the Chinese and majority of Canadians once viewed the Japanese, especially during Japan's occupation of China during the Second World War and in the events following Pearl Harbor.
Other issues dealt with in this novel include the sense of belonging to a nation, and how young children of immigrants felt at this time, trying to find their identity when they were alien residents in Canada, but were not born in the same country as their parents were. They are working to find their identity as Chinese Canadians, and find either embrace being Canadian, or keep the Old China ways alive. This issue becomes especially important in the wake of their grandmother (called Poh-Poh or the Old One)'s death.
Plot Diagram
By Sherry Tan
Joy Zhu
Pauline Gueco
Cassidy Findlay


1. Protagonist -
Grandmama, a Chinese-Canadian immigrant who doesn't concern herself with what others think of her and her doings,
rummages through peoples trash in search for pieces to her sacred windchime. Her goal is to keep their chinese traditions alive through the creation of the windchime in the likeness of her death.
2. Antagonist -
The scientific, logical world, a force that influences the children, except Sek Lung, to turn away their cultural beliefs and become accustomed to their modernized enivroment.
Beginning of Conflict
Grandmama died at 83, which is introduced at the beginning of the short story.
Rising Action
Grandmama's refusal to go to the hospital.
The family admits Grandmamas doings are an embarrassment to them.
Sek-Lung should or should not attend Chinese school
Grandmama saw a white cat and "him" which no one saw it
Grandmama started to make the windchime
a) Time -
Late 1930s
b) Place -
Chinatown, Vancouver
C) Mood -
Gloomy, mournful
Falling Action
Point of View
First person narrative - Sek lung uses "I" to tell the story of Grandmama's death and to recount his most vivid and precious memory of her.
Theme Statement
The Jade Peony
The End !
Thank u for your patient !

The climax of the story is when Sek Lung discovering the jade peony in his pockets, which assures his "spiritual" connection with Grandmama, as she had promised.
Often younger generations discard their culture and traditions in order to belong in a foreign environment, though some cultural traditions are passed down by generation thus keeping them intact.
Grandmama will always be with Sek Lung, mentally and spiritually. The jade peony will be a reminder to Sek Lung of his cultural traditions and his close relationship with Grandmama.
Sek-Lung can see his grandmama is smiling when he was looking at the jade.
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