Inside Out And Back Again Ha Quotes

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In the novel Inside Out and Back again Ha and her family have to flee their home South Vietnam because of the Communist invasion, but escaping isn’t the only hard part, Ha gets bullied, doesn’t speak the language of her new country, and has no clue about the culture of this new place. Ha has a very similar experience to many other refugees throughout the world. Ha, her mother, and brothers have all gone through many things flipping their world upside down, and just like many other refugees there whole life has changed because of what happened to them. But despite all of this they have managed to come back. Just like Ha’s family Til Gurung and his people have had to go through the same universal refugee experience. Ha’s has many important traits …show more content…

When Ha was in Vietnam she was very sneaky, many times she would do things right under her parents nose “she would give me fifty dong to buy one hundred grams of pork, a bushel of water spinach, five cubes of tofu. But I told no one I was buying ninety-nine grams of pork, seven-eighths of a bushel of spinach, four and three-quarter cubes of tofu.”(Lai,19). In Vietnam Ha is very sneaky and she even manages to get away stealing from her mother. Also Ha is incredibly rebellious as shown by the way she defies her mother's direct orders “I pouted when Mother insisted one of my brothers must rise first this morning… I decided to wake before dawn and tap my big toe to the tile floor first.”(Lai,1). Ha is also a very rebellious person when she is living in Vietnam because in Vietnam she directly defies her mother. Also when she defies Mother it isn’t one little disobedience it is Ha defining her religion and her culture because it is something her culture does. And finally Ha in Vietnam is comertable as show when she regularly goes to the market alone and how at her school she feels very compatible, because she bullies the other girl who had her desk. “I used to like making the …show more content…

Although unfortunately this isn’t an uncommon thing when children and even parents flee to a new country. And finally Ha is inside out like mainy other refugees when she has to learn the culture of the new area she is living in, food, games, clothing. When many refugees arrive in a new country they need to learn the language of the country that they are speaking, Ha is no different “I say A B C and so on...So this is what dumb feels like.”(Lai,156). Ha , like many refugees, has to start from the very basic of the language of the new country that they are living in, here Ha has to learn the alphabet even though she is 11. Also many refugees fleeing have to change themselves to get where they are, religion is the thing that Ha’s family had to change to make it to America. “Then by chance Mother learns sponsors prefer those whose applications say ‘Christians.’ Just like that Mother amends our faith.”(Lai,108). A very defining part of someone's life is there religion, having one determines morals, and who they worship, but not having one means that you don’t need to serve, whether or not we have a religion defines us. Which is why it is so critical that Ha and her mother changed their religion, and to what lengths they would go to to get it. Just showing how much they need to find a new

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