Unpolished Gem

by

Alice Pung

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Ah BuKien Character Analysis

A friend of Kien and Kuan Pung. Ah BuKien gets rich selling rice-noodles, and she wants Alice to marry her son. Ah BuKien is an unlikable woman who brags about her money and calls her son a “retard” when he fails to get into medical school. She eventually stops trying to fix up Alice and her son after he starts working in her noodle factory and Alice is accepted into law school.
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Ah BuKien Character Timeline in Unpolished Gem

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Part 5
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Later, Kien tells Kuan that Ah BuKien , a family friend, “wants to discuss Agheare for her son.” Kuan laughs. “That crazy... (full context)
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Once, Alice remembers, Ah BuKien gave the Pungs a tour of her house and took great care describing every piece... (full context)
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Alice has never met Ah BuKien ’s son. He is always busy with tutors and studying. Still, Ah BuKien tells Kien... (full context)
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One day, Ah BuKien comes into the shop. She doesn’t seem interested in buying anything, and she casually asks... (full context)
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Alice suspects that Kien wants her to marry Ah BuKien ’s son, and she feels like the women are “conspiring against her liberty.” Kien wants... (full context)
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One day, Ah BuKien again comes into the shop and tells Kien that her son is no longer going... (full context)