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irony
when the intended meaning is opposite from the expected

ex: how mother tell not to tell story of aunt, but maxine writes a book about it
talisman
an object that is believed to have magical powers

ex: the beads that the old couple gave to mu lan
adultery
having sexual relations with somebody who is not your spouse

ex: the aunt commited adultery on her husband
emigrant
people who leave their country

ex: maxine's family are emigrants from china; emigrated from china; are chinese emigrants
sojourner
somebody who travels around and stays in places for a short time

ex: the warrior woman on her journey; maxine's father in america
avenge/avenger
v- to get revenge for a wrong that has been done to you
n- one who punishes people who wrong

ex: the warrior woman avenged her village by fighting the evil land controller people; the woman warrior is an avenger because...
geisha
japanese woman who is a profession entertainter, trained to sing/dance and be companions to men

ex: outcasts in japan could become geishas while in contrast in china they were forced to remain outcasts
pariah
an outcast/one who is cast out

ex: the aunt is a pariah because the family doubts her existance and she is therefore cast out
paradox
a statement that seems impossible to be true or controdictory and yet it is/may be true
ideograph
a pictoral representation of an idea

ex: the warrior woman followed a bird which showed the ideographs of "human" and "mountain"
yin/yang
yin- feminine, cool, dark, moon
yang- masculine, hot, light, sun

together represent the balance of opposing principals/aspects, complementary (complete eachother), exist w/in eachother,
conscription
draft

ex: mu lan's father was conscripted
shaman
a priest who is believed to have magical healing/communication powers