“At home, after Sunday School, Kiam always demanded to know: ‘How can anyone walk on water? How can so few baskets of bread and fish feed hundreds?’ And Santa Claus never once visited our house” (Choy 23). Everyone is familiar with myths and legends. They are read to children by teachers. The stories of battles, immortal beings, ghouls and monsters that are out there to catch people and the ever-successful hero that always saves the day. These stories have been around for many centuries, told even before the first paintings were painted and first books were written. People’s beliefs have all derived from these old stories, as they bring hope to those in despair and inspiration to those lacking ideas. Myths and legends can be seen in all cultures around the world; these stories are told by Native Americans, Indians, Africans, the French, the Celtic, the Romans, and the Greeks, the stories varying from culture to culture. The Jade Peony, a historical fiction novel written by Wayson Choy, brings to life Chinese myths and legends through the learning of the children in the story. Myths and legends should be relevant today because they are based on past events, their morals are applicable in everyday events, and traditions and cultures are preserved in these fantasy stories.
In the Jade Peony, Wayson Choy discusses the idea of myths and legends having an important role in the relationships seen in the novel. One of the stories is the Monkey King and his adventures with Pig