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Waiting Summary
Ha Jin

Everything you need to understand or teach Waiting by Ha Jin.

  • Waiting Summary & Study Guide
  • 30 Waiting Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

Waiting Summary

Plot Summary

Waiting is a story of love in limbo and the lives it leaves on hold as Lin Kong, a doctor in the Chinese Army, battles cultural forces and his own uncertain heart in a quest for love's fulfillment.

As a twenty-seven-year old military medical student in 1962, under heavy pressure from his ailing mother and his father, Lin agrees to an arranged marriage. When he returns home to meet Shuyu, the girl his parents have chosen, he is horrified. Although she is a year younger than he is, she looks much older and Lin finds her singularly unattractive. As a young man in a China moving toward the Cultural Revolution, he is particularly repelled by her bound feet, an old-fashioned custom acceptable in his small village but mocked by his contemporaries in Shenyang City. Lin feels Shuyu is completely inappropriate and begs his parents to break the engagement, but...

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Study Pack

The Waiting Study Pack contains about 68 pages of study material in 3 products, including:

Waiting Study Guide

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Waiting Lesson Plans contain 141 pages of teaching material, including:

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