Fleeing to America to escape the Vietnam War, Hà and her family end up in Alabama, where a strange new culture that they must adapt to awaits them in "Inside Out and Back Again" -- a novel written in verse by Thanhha Lai.
Communism is a theory that favors a classless society where all the people equally own the means of producing goods. But in reality, private ownership is abolished so that everything is owned by the state, and government officials are at the top of the society.
But when we keep talking about how close the
Communists have gotten to Saigon, how much prices have gone up since American soldiers left, how many distant bombs were heard the previous night, Miss Xinh finally says no more.
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
Although the line breaks are not shown in the example sentences, keep in mind that the novel is written in short free-verse poems. This can be seen here in the rhythm created by the repetition of words, sounds, and sentence structures.
It’s not easy to
persuade Mother to tell of her girlhood in the North, where her grandmother’s land stretched farther than doves could fly, where looking pretty and writing poetry were her only duties.
The crepe is a reminder of when the French had an empire that included parts of Southeast Asia. But as seen in the example sentence, the Vietnamese have transformed this food of their former colonizer and made it their own with the addition of ingredients native to their land.
Like magic a
crepe forms to be filled with shrimp and eaten with cucumber and bean sprouts.
The definition gives the word a positive tone, but in the example sentence, "slogan" has a tone of fear, since it connects to the Communists who will teach children to repeat ideas and report on their parents.
Ha will come home chanting the
slogans of Ho Chi Minh, and Khoi will be rewarded for reporting to his teacher everything we say in the house.