Write 3 pages with APA style on Dragon Bones by Lisa See. The impact on the relationship is one which creates a sense of division because of cultural concepts which are portrayed. Both look at the relationship with cultural differences, specifically which makes the other individual foreign. The exploration of both cultures and the miscommunication which occurs create the main differences between two in a relationship.
The display of the relationship that shows the division of identity in culture is between David and Lui. David is a representative of a foreigner staying in Hong Kong and Lui is originally from China. The conflict which occurs in the relationship is based on the foreign ideas and beliefs that remain as a part of the culture and which influence the decisions of both individuals. The cultural division arises not only with basic tensions, but leads to Lui and David displaying a physical separation from the beginning of the book. When their child is born, the separation continues with the idea of raising a child in America for a better education and ideals, while China exposes one to a better culture. This is followed by the death of their child, whose name means to exceed culture (See, 21). These work as symbols to define the division in the relationship that occurs throughout the book. The division in thought processes of where to stay, the physical separation of the two and the death of the child all show that one can’t exceed or overcome the culture in which they are in, causing the culture in the relationship to become more important than the relationship.