Ahn--the Golden Child--begins the play as an old woman. She speaks in
Remember? When you are little boy? You lie on my stomach, and I tell you story of our family. Winter of 1918. My father, Tieng-Bin, he make this family chosen by God. (Pause.) My father work in Philippine, make money. But like all oversea Chinese, he leave behind most important part of life--his three wife, his children--(Ahn begins to speak in the voice of a ten-year-old girl.)--all your Future, Papa, you left behind in China. So after three years away, you got on a steamer ship, barreling across the South China Sea, towards our home village near the port of Amoy, in the province of Fukien.
David Henry Hwang, Golden Child, Dramatists Play Service, 1999, pp.8.
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