China Men Themes & Symbolism

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The Talk Story

The text presents a narrative structure common in China, Hawaii, and elsewhere known as the Talk Story. The Talk Story structure consists of people verbally sharing stories with each other in an informal setting, where the narratives consist of stories, history, ideas, and opinions. Most stories come from family traditions, cultural values, or are simply about life in general. Understandably, Talk Story narratives commonly feature significant, interesting, and sensational events while dates and locations are not particularly established. Much of the text is derived from biographical information gleaned through careful attention to family Talk Story narratives. Thus, significant events are sometimes presented in two possible versions, significant dates are not particularly reliable or even available, and familial relationships are vague. The Talk Story nature of the biographical text is simultaneously engaging yet difficult - a traditional biographical reading presupposes accurate dates, chronological presentation of events...

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