In the “Yellow Woman”, the pueblo Indian woman lives in a society with a mixture modernity and traditions. The young woman is well educated and civilized, but encounters a situation similar to the one she has heard from tales of the yellow woman and whirlwind man or mountain spirit. The young woman was willingly abducted by Silva whom they went head to make love with the whole night. Whenever the man called her the yellow woman, she refuted saying that the story yellow woman was her grandfather’s favorite tale. The man disappears in the same manner that they met making her have a feeling of making love with the ka’tsina or the mountain spirit.
The story gives the traditional view of the time as being circular and modern view of time as linear. The modern view that the young woman hold is that events occur from one to another and thus gives way to eternity. However, pueblo gives a traditional perspective in the form of the myth, which holds the view that nothing happens once. Mythic times do not have a past, present, or future. Therefore, history and historical events keep on recurring as the young woman finds out and realizes that she is the myth that her grandfather always told her.
In the “Two kinds”, Amy liminal in the sense that she does not want to obey her mother’s wishes but she also does not know what she wants to do. Amy disobeys her mother to the extent that she performs everything she does poorly just to spite her parents. In Chinese oriented families, children disobeying their parents are unheard of but this Jingmei’s adolescent object any of her parents’ suggestion. The girl had the American mindset of being true to herself thus pursuing what she feels comfortable of doing. The young girl is both American and Chinese and, therefore, expected to conform to both cultures. She ultimately decides to take music as a career, which helps heal the rift between her and her parents.
In the “Wilshire Bus” is a story of two couples who are so close but are conflicting due to racial discrimination. The division arises due to the uneasy coexistence between the Asian American communities with the white majority. There is hatred between the Chinese and the Japanese emanating from the World War II. This puts the Chinese-American and Japanese-American in an awkward position in that do not know whom to support. Esther is at pain seeing red-faced drunken man insulting Japanese woman in a bus. This racial division has created tension between Esther and her husband Buro, though the husband is not aware. This leaves Esther hurt because she feels powerless to explain her guilt to the husband.
“The Management of Grief”
The story talks of devastation of the indo-Pakistani immigrants by the bombing of the jetliner carrying their families. There is liminality in the bereaved families in that they grieve their lost ones and do not want to let go. This leaves people asking themselves reasons for God’s blessings if He intends to snatch the blessings from them again. Shaila Bhave is liminal in the sense she grief the loss of her sons and husband. Her emotional grief is full of numbness, denial, and imaginary visits by her husband, false hope, and eventual slow but painful resignation to fate. Judith Templeton, “provincial government appointee” was seeking Shaila’s assistance to help reach out to the Indian community by communicating social and economic mediation measures that the government was offering.
In “Blood –burning Moon” Louisa is liminal in that she has two lovers; white Bob Stone and black Tom Burwell. Bob Stone treats her poorly, but she has no choice other than sticking with him because he uses her as a sex slave. Bob’s family does not approve of their relationship, but Louisa has to remain in the relationship. The relationship also has many obstacles in that it is in racially charged environment.