The conflict between traditional and modern values and beliefs.
main character, Mr Edward T.W. Li or Ah-Wah, is a typical Chinese who
has adopted a modern materialistic lifestyle and even English names. He
lives in a big house with a swimming pool, he has a servant and a
driver, and he sends his children to study abroad. Ah-Wah tries to teach
his daughter, Ying, to have respect for the elders which is important
according to traditional Chinese culture.
Ying clearly displays
this conflict between traditional and modern values and beliefs. She
helps at the altar but she does not believe in doing it properly. She
cares about her grandmother and calls her by the traditional address
'Popo', but she still argues with her in a disrespectful manner.