One of my favorite parts of the book is when the main character finds a butterfly in a glass disk. She becomes convinced it is alive, just trapped. She is determined to free the creature, and goes to her father for advice. She claims she knows the butterfly wants to "get out" because it said "Shuh-shuh/shuh-shuh" to her. To this, the father reacts by shaking and tapping his head. His reply when his daughter asks what he is doing is my absolute favorite quote from the book:
The Gangster We Are All Looking For makes a huge contribution to the Asian-American movement by talking about the experiences of a Vietnamese family in America from the abstract perspective of an eccentric, brilliant child.
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