1. What happened to Hing when May Ying had some friends visiting?
Shortly after May Ying gave birth to Hing, some friends were visiting and May Ying dropped Hing. Her friends had a feeling she did this on purpose in an attempt to kill her.
2. Why was May Ying not very fond of Nan when she was so pleased with Ping?
May Ying did not like Nan as much as Ping because she had hoped to have a son on her second try at child bearing, and was deeply disappointed to have another girl.
3. What caused years of no available work for Sam?
Sam was out of work for years when the Depression hit in the 1930s.
4. What kept Sam from returning home to China when he was out of work?
Sam refused to return to China during the depression because he didn't want to admit that life was better in China than abroad, and because he wanted to be able to return with the son that the fortune teller had promised him and May Ying.
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