Girl in Translation

Jason Character Analysis

Jason is Kim and Matt's son, though Matt doesn't know Jason exists, and Jason doesn't know anything about his father. Ma raises Jason while Kim attends Yale and then med school. In the epilogue, Jason is twelve years old. He speaks both Chinese and English and is the spitting image of his father.

Jason Quotes in Girl in Translation

The Girl in Translation quotes below are all either spoken by Jason or refer to Jason. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead edition of Girl in Translation published in 2010.
Prologue Quotes

I know how it will go: she already spends all of her time after school at the shop, helping with small tasks like sorting beads; later, she will learn to sew by hand and then on the machines until, finally, she can take over some of the embroidery and finishing work, and then she too will spend her days and weekends bent over the unending yards of fabric.

Related Characters: Kim (speaker), Matt, Jason, Matt's Daughter
Page Number: 2
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Epilogue Quotes

I kept him from his father all these years. When I gave Matt up, I forced Jason to do the same. For my attempt at nobility, our son paid the price.

Related Characters: Kim (speaker), Ma, Matt, Jason
Page Number: 302
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Jason Character Timeline in Girl in Translation

The timeline below shows where the character Jason appears in Girl in Translation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Epilogue
Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
...his happiness with Vivian. As she parks and starts up the walkway, her twelve-year-old son, Jason, barrels out the door with his gym bag. In near-perfect Chinese, he insists he's going... (full context)
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
Jason loved Kim desperately, though she was away for much of his early childhood. He cried... (full context)
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
...life with Vivian and his children, though she took away his life with her and Jason. She recognizes that in keeping Jason hidden from Matt, she's depriving her son of his... (full context)