Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Lily's personal servant girl with unbound feet at the Lu house. Yonggang takes her duties to Lily very seriously and carries correspondence between Lily and Snow Flower. She later looks out for Lily's children during the typhoid outbreak. When Lily begins destroying mementos of her relationship with Snow Flower, Yonggang hides the fan and other items.
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Yonggang Character Timeline in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

The timeline below shows where the character Yonggang appears in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Hair-Pinning Days: The Flower-Sitting Chair
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...she has been since she read Snow Flower's letter. In the kitchen, Lily's servant girl, Yonggang, has already hauled water and built a fire. Lily performs her chores and later, she... (full context)
Hair-Pinning Days: Truth
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...her marriage, Lily packs to go to Snow Flower's house for her Sitting and Singing. Yonggang escorts her through Tongkou, carrying a basket of embroidery supplies. When they reach Snow Flower's... (full context)
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...bound feet. Lily is shocked to see Snow Flower at the top of the stairs. Yonggang doesn't want to leave Lily, but Lily sends her on her way. She remembers Mama's... (full context)
Hair-Pinning Days: The Temple of Gupo
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...kitchen. Lily expects admonishment from her mother-in-law, but when Lily finally emerges, Lady Lu and Yonggang are smiling. Two weeks later, when Lily is at her own home, she wakes up... (full context)
Rice-and-Salt Days: Sons
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Snow Flower and Lily write each other daily and Yonggang carries their notes. Lily watches her run to Jintian, thinking that it's not so far... (full context)
Rice-and-Salt-Days: Joy and Sorrow
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...which she knows is wrong, and listens to her lament her fate. The next morning, Yonggang and the other servants return and Yonggang says that Third Sister-in-law killed herself. (full context)
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...fever. It's Lily's responsibility to care for her, but she worries for her children until Yonggang promises to watch them. Lily spends the next five days caring for Lady Lu until... (full context)
Rice-and-Salt Days: Into the Clouds
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One day, Yonggang fetches Lily to see someone downstairs. Lily sees a girl in worn clothes, bowing. Lily... (full context)
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...legs start to turn purple, and Lily tries to make Snow Flower fight her sickness. Yonggang visits daily and brings clothes and messages, and one day, she arrives with a basket... (full context)
Sitting Quietly: Regret
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...after that the days, weeks, and years began running together. Lily saw everyone die, including Yonggang and Jade. Lily’s first son became a jinshi scholar and has already bought Lily a... (full context)