The Bonesetter's Daughter
Mothers and daughters
Chinese American women
Chinese American families
Ruth's Chinese-born mother LuLing has senile dementia, and Ruth urgently wants to find out the real story of her mother's upbringing, while negotiating how to best care for her mother. (2001)
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Ruth, a Chinese-American woman in San Francisco, worries that her elderly mother LuLing is beginning to suffer from dementia. Years earlier, when LuLing realized her memory was starting to disappear, she wrote down her life story for her daughter, in Chinese. Ruth finds these documents and has them translated, learning the truth about her mother's life in China and the effect it has had on her own life.
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