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What does the title China Men imply about the text? Who are the 'China Men'?

The most difficult aspect of the text is, perhaps, its classification as biography. Is the text truly a biography? What constitutes biographical information?

Why is the text structured with major chapters interspersed with short chapters? What function do the short intercalary chapters serve within the construction of the biography?

Maxine Hong Kingston is the author and narrator of, and sometimes participant in, the events described in the text. Discuss how the autobiographical elements of the text strengthen its authentic tone and texture.

The transcontinental railroad was largely built by Chinese laborers. After the completion of the railroad, these men were systematically marginalized by local and national government. Discuss the effects this racist legislation had on the author's family.

What do you imagine happened to Uncle Bun, once he supposedly...

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