Little Fires Everywhere

by

Celeste Ng

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The tenant in the downstairs apartment of the Richardsons’ rental house—the first tenant Mrs. Richardson had ever taken on. Mr. Yang is an immigrant from Hong Kong, and he works as a school bus driver and a handyman. He is, according to Mrs. Richardson, “exactly the kind of tenant she want[s]: a kind person to whom she could do a kind turn, and who would appreciate her kindness.”

Mr. Yang Quotes in Little Fires Everywhere

The Little Fires Everywhere quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Yang or refer to Mr. Yang. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of Little Fires Everywhere published in 2017.
Chapter 2 Quotes

Mr. Yang was exactly the kind of tenant Mrs. Richardson wanted: a kind person to whom she could do a kind turn, and who would appreciate her kindness.

Related Characters: Mrs. Richardson / Elena (speaker), Mr. Yang
Page Number: 13
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mr. Yang Character Timeline in Little Fires Everywhere

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Yang appears in Little Fires Everywhere. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Order vs. Disruption Theme Icon
Altruism and Manipulation Theme Icon
Mothers and Daughters Theme Icon
Identity: Heritage, Assimilation, and Transience Theme Icon
...address, so that their mail is delivered to them and not to the downstairs tenant, Mr. Yang . Each property has a “tree lawn,” a strip of grass which separates the sidewalk... (full context)
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Altruism and Manipulation Theme Icon
Mothers and Daughters Theme Icon
Identity: Heritage, Assimilation, and Transience Theme Icon
...who ha[s], for one reason or another, not quite gotten a fair shot in life.” Mr. Yang , who occupies the downstairs apartment, is one such tenant. An immigrant from Hong Kong... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Altruism and Manipulation Theme Icon
Identity: Heritage, Assimilation, and Transience Theme Icon
...she needs to stay late at school when really she’s sneaking off to meet Trip. Mr. Yang is the only person who sees Trip and Pearl together, one afternoon when they are... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Altruism and Manipulation Theme Icon
Mothers and Daughters Theme Icon
Identity: Heritage, Assimilation, and Transience Theme Icon
...and knows before she goes inside that something is wrong. She rings the doorbell and Mr. Yang answers. He tells her that Mia and Pearl left just a few minutes ago. Izzy... (full context)