Kingston Presentations Should… Below I have listed various mythological, historical, ritualistic and conceptual references that Kingston makes in “White Tigers.” Your presentations will be made stronger if you research and explain these references and if you help us to understand their relevance to the action of “White Tigers.” NOTE: Do not merely incorporate these topics into your presentation in the order I list them here, which is by page number. Your job as presenters is to arrange your PowerPoint in a logical, intuitive fashion that your audience can easily grasp. You do not want the progression of your slide topics to seem random or arbitrary. Color Key: Customs Major historical or mythological contexts Minor historical or mythological contexts Concepts Group 4 should research and contextualize… Lying out of politeness in Chinese culture (21); Eating rice with chopsticks in Chinese culture (21); Receiving an egg on your birthday in Chinese culture (21); Warrior training in Chinese culture (22); Farming sweet potatoes in Chinese culture (22); Seeking revenge for your family or village in Chinese culture (23); The Han people (22); The notion of the walnut tree as the “tree of life” in Chinese culture (24); The notion of “monk’s food” in Chinese culture (25); The carnivorous v. vegetarian lifestyles in Chinese culture (25); The concept of “the fungus of immortality” (25); The custom of being “Chinese lion dancers, African lion dancers” (27); The role of the dragon in Chinese culture (28); “New Year’s mornings” and Chinese custom (30); Giving red money on New Year’s Chinese culture (30); Traditional practices relating to menstruation in Chinese culture (30); The tradition of “exchanging cakes” in Chinese culture (31); The tradition of “knocking their heads on the floor in front of their ancestors” in Chinese culture (32); Emotionally distinguishing between pets and animals intended for slaughter in Chinese culture (33). Group 3 should research and contextualize… Discrete or embarrassed shows of emotion in Chinese culture (33); Poverty, girls and prostitution in Chinese culture (34); Prohibitions of teaching women to be warriors or scientists in Chinese culture (34); The military draft in Chinese culture (34); The custom of killing and steaming a whole chicken when welcoming home a son in Chinese culture (34; see also the Hebrew story of the Prodigal Son); Blood feuds / familial revenge in Chinese culture (34); The “list of grievances” that drives familial revenge (35; if interested, see also Aya Stark’s “list” in the TV series, Game of Thrones); The role of signs and fate in Chinese culture (35); Female warriors in “men’s clothes” in Chinese culture (36); The custom of the “real gifts” parents give in Chinese culture (36; relates to ‘the ultimate sacrifice’ in U.S. culture); China and dynasties / emperors (36); The custom of wearing “red clothes” on New Year’s Day in Chinese culture (37); The custom of armies raping women in Chinese or other cultures (37); The myth of Chen Luan-feng and the thunder god (38); The word/concept of “palanquins” (38); The myth of Kuan Kung, the god of war and literature (38); The treatment of women impersonating men in Chinese culture (39); The custom of preserving umbilical cords in Chinese culture (40); The ritual or ceremony of dying eggs red and rolling them over a baby’s features in Chinese culture (40; also 46); The history of “the Han people, the People of One Hundred Surnames” (42); The history of “the northern boundary,” the Mongols and “the Long Wall” (42-43); Chinese sayings about girls and daughters (43); The history/mythology of a mercenary band of swordswomen in Chinese culture (also called “witch amazons”) (44-45). The myth of the “amazons” (45). Group 2 should research and contextualize… The custom of oral tradition (or “talking-story”) in Chinese culture (19); The custom of revenge in Chinese culture (19); The history of “white crane boxing” in China (19); The history of Shao-lin temple in China (19); References to woman warriors in Chinese films (19); The history/mythology of Fa Mu Lan in Chinese culture (20); The tradition of ideographic writing in China (20; also 53); Chinese sayings about girls and daughters (46; also 47); The ritual or ceremony of dying eggs red and rolling them over a baby’s features in Chinese culture (46; also 40); The custom of having a full-month party for a baby’s birth (46); The custom of turning on all the lights for a baby’s birth (

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