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Research Questions. Questions must be open enough to allow you to draw conclusions . Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?. Format of questions. General pattern you could use. Question 1: General information e.g. What themes/ideas are shown/explored.

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Research questions
Research Questions

  • Questions must be open enough to allow you to draw conclusions.

  • Who?

  • What?

  • Where?

  • When?

  • Why?

  • How?


Format of questions general pattern you could use
Format of questions. General pattern you could use.

  • Question 1: General information

  • e.g.

  • What themes/ideas are shown/explored.

  • Questions 2 & 3.Explore how are these ideasshown and purpose behind the themes and why they are explored or what they link to.

  • e.g.

  • Why the director/author show these themes

  • Links to author/director’s life

  • Relevance to NZ life

  • Similarities between characters

  • the inspiration behind the author/director.


Exemplar A: ExcellencePropose research question(s) and select relevant information from a range of referenced resources

  • Research topic:What’s on Amy Tan’s Mind? 

  • Key questions:

  • What issues stand out in Amy Tan's writing?

  • How do the narrative techniques used highlight these issues?

  • Why does Amy Tan highlight these issues?


Research notes
Research Notes

  • The Kitchen God’s Wife Author: Amy Tan.(Mandarin) 1989

  • ISSUES

  • Sense of self identity:

  • Revelation of her mother's secret past brings the identity of who Pearl's biological father really is.

  • To Pearl this news is horrific especially when she was conceived from rape and violence from a man who had tormented her mother for many years as her arranged husband. She passionately hated him.

  • “And I thought, then it's true. Wen Fu was my father, That awful man, the one she hated. His blood is running through mine. I shivered at the thought.” Page 707


What issues stand out in Amy Tan’s writing?

Amy Tan clearly deals with two main issues in all of the texts studied: loss of self identity and family secrets.

Loss of self identity

The daughters from the texts feel a loss of self identity that they attribute to their mothers, themselves or their American lifestyle. To Luling in The Bonesetter’s Daughter, the loss of her family name leaves her with a loss of self identity and in conflict with her ancestral ghosts:

“She nodded towards me and said with her hands: My family names the name of all the bonesetters. Never forget this name ... And the name was – Why can’t I see it now? I’ve pushed a hundred family names through my mouth and none comes back with the belch of memory.”

Lulingfeels a sense of neglect towards her Chinese heritage that she credits to her American lifestyle. In breaking the cultural legacy of generations of women, Luling is creating a new identity and a modern approach to the world that alters her sense of identity. Through Luling, Amy Tan is showing us that a new environment can change our sense of self identity and the heritage we pass on to our children.

Presents accurate and detailed information coherently and interprets the information.

Information is interpreted. Qualitative judgements are made here, and throughout the report.


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