Inside Out and Back Again

by

Thanhhà Lai

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TiTi is ’s best friend in Saigon. She has beautiful long hair that Hà envies, and her family is wealthier than Hà’s—when TiTi’s family flees Saigon, they go to a port city where rich Vietnamese can escape on cruise ships. Hà never learns if TiTi and her family successfully escape the country.

TiTi Quotes in Inside Out and Back Again

The Inside Out and Back Again quotes below are all either spoken by TiTi or refer to TiTi. 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:
War, Childhood, and Maturity Theme Icon
).
Part 1: Saigon Quotes

They’re heading to Vūng Tau,
he says,
where the rich go
to flee Vietnam
on cruise ships.

I’m glad we’ve become poor
so we can stay.

Related Characters: Kim Hà (speaker), Brother Khôi (speaker), TiTi
Page Number: 11
Explanation and Analysis:
Part 4: From Now On Quotes

I tell her
a much worse embarrassment
is not having
a gift for Pem.

Related Characters: Kim Hà (speaker), Mother, Pem/Pam, TiTi
Related Symbols: Dolls
Page Number: 246
Explanation and Analysis:
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TiTi Character Timeline in Inside Out and Back Again

The timeline below shows where the character TiTi appears in Inside Out and Back Again. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Saigon
War, Childhood, and Maturity Theme Icon
TiTi Waves Good-bye. It’s now early March, and Hà watches as her best friend TiTi sobs... (full context)
War, Childhood, and Maturity Theme Icon
Immigration, Culture Shock, and Belonging Theme Icon
...they’ll avoid going through Vūng Tau, which is where the Communists are dropping bombs. Hopefully TiTi is safe. Even though the ship is barely moving, Mother is very seasick. Hà listens... (full context)
Part 4: From Now On
War, Childhood, and Maturity Theme Icon
Immigration, Culture Shock, and Belonging Theme Icon
Culture, Food, and Tradition Theme Icon
...give it to Hà. Mother gives Hà the tin of flower seeds that Hà and TiTi gathered. It’s a perfect gift for Pem. (full context)