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Children of the River is an excellent portrayal of immigration by the Cambodian refugees during the Vietnam War Linda Crew provided an honest look at the Cambodian people their hardships their likes their dislikes their talents and their faults This honesty and openness is rare when speaking or writing about a race or culture but it proves that honesty will still teach the mostIrony was one of the most affecting features in this book The irony of Soka wanting Sundara to marry Chinese because of their lighter skin but not wanting her to marry a white boy was utterly ironic and gave insight into the way Soka and other Cambodians were thinking with this contradictory goal of wanting to be as white as they could without being white Soka also claimed that the Lams could smell money but at the same time she kept other families away from the work and was smelling the money just as much as they do Ironys biggest function in this book was to show how silly and pointless the racism and bigotry the Cambodians had and to show that they were no better than the other races in the nationLinda Crew captured much of the feeling and culture of the Cambodian people through the use of river symbolism The river was the icon of life hope and really any other emotion to the Cambodians As Sundara said to Jonathan the Americanism of The road of life is incorrect to her culture A road can end but a river keeps flowing This would also reflect the Buddhist beliefs of reincarnation compared to the Christian beliefs of a single life Every event in the book that had any significance had a reference to water or a river in it When Sundara cried she swam in tears that were drowning her When Moni announced her divorce she also said she would paddle her own boat now In Cambodian culture grandparents lived with
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