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  2. 2. Author Bio.  May-Lee Chai is the oldest child of her parents. Her was from Irish decent, and her dad was born in Shanghai. Chai lived in 14 states and 4 countries, but she was born in Redlands, California. Chai is an educator and writer, and she has received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Literature. She has published many works including books, short stories, and more. Chai is very educated having bachelor degrees in French and Chinese Studies at Grinnell College. She gained a M.A. from Yale University in East Asian Studies. The University of Colorado is where she gained another Master's in English-Creative Writing. Chai enjoys learning new languages, and she has attended universities in Taiwan, France, and China. She has taught at San Francisco State University, the University of Wyoming, and Amherst College.
  3. 3. Relative Quote  People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln  This quote relates to this story because it explains how Sourdi chose to be happy even though she was somewhat forced to marry Mr. Chhay, a much older, bald man. It was her choice to leave her old family, stay with Mr. Chhay and have a family with him. Despite the fact that she was once in love with a poor boy, Duke, she was able to think positively and move on to a man that her mother approved of.
  4. 4. Setting  The story started in a restaurant called Silver Palace in South Dakota. At first, they lived in Texas where her Ma worked many jobs, but moved in South Dakota to their uncle's place. Nea and Sourdi were in the restaurant serving some men that we're drunk.
  5. 5. Characters  Nea: Main character of the story. Sourdi's little sister.     She doesn't think about the consequences, and is stubborn. Sourdi: Nea's older sister. She is the type of person who holds things in, and is different from her sister. Was married to Mr.Chhay when she was 18 Duke: Worked at the Silver Palace cleaning dishes. Was in a relationship with Sourdi, until he was fired, and they had to stop dating. Mr.Chhay: Sourdi's husband ,was way older than Sourdi. Ma: Nea and Sourdi's mother.
  6. 6. Plot The story began when Nea and Sourdi were working at the restaurant alone while there were some drunk men. One of them was trying to put his arms around Sourdi, and when Nea saw it, she did what she had to do to protect her, so she stabbed the man in the arm. She thought that her mother and sister would be proud of her for protecting her sister from the man, but instead, the mother was apologizing to them and made her apologize as well. Later that night, Nea was talking to Sourdi, she said she should have killed the man, but Sourdi was disappointed because she felt that way.  Then the story moved to the part where Duke and Sourdi started seeing each other. ( this was the moment when Sourdi and Nea began to drift apart due to Sourdi's relationship with men ) Ma hired Duke to wash dishes at the Palace, and that was where their relationship started. At first it was good, but he was soon fired because he "dropped a tray of dish", their relationship stopped because her Ma knew about it. (She felt that he had no future, because he was poor )  After that incident, Sourdi and the family met Mr.Chhay, and that was when Sourdi's life changed completely. He was several years older than Sourdi. When they got married, Sourdi became even more separated from her family. After receiving an alarming phone call from Sourdi, Nea jumped to conclusions and assumed that her sister was in danger. Nea convinced Duke to take her to West De Moines. which is where Sourdi lives with her new family.Once they got to Sourdi's home Nea saw her sister with a bruised eye. It turns out that a diaper box fell on Sourdi's face and she was never in danger. Sourdi was actually happy with her husband and child. The reason that the previous phone call was alarming was Sourdi was going to have another baby. 
  7. 7. Discussion Questions          1. What was the reason that Nea felt the need to resort to violence, and stab one of her customers? 2. In what ways are Nea and Sourdi different from each other. Please provide evidence from the text to support your answer. 3. Why did Sourdi's mother feel that she was better off with an older man rather than Duke? 4. What does Nea learn about family at the end of the story? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 5. How does the title "Saving Sourdi" relate to the story? Did Sourdi really need saving? 6. Describe the relationship between Nea and Sourdi as the story progresses. 7. Do you feel that Duke was really fired for breaking a dish? Explain. 8. One reason for Sourdi marrying Mr.Chhay was for security. What was Sourdi insecure about? 9.What would you say was the significance and overall meaning of the story?