Winnie - Initially seen as superstitious and pessimistic, her character is actually the result of her cruel past. 


Pearl - She is torn between her Chinese ancestry and her new American identity, but comes to terms with her heritage after a heartfelt discussion with her mother.


Helen - Helen appears stubborn and old-fashioned, but in truth is an intelligent and resourceful woman.


Auntie Du - She has strength of will and determination to protect her friends.


Wen Fu - He is a cruel, egotistical, and abusive.  He cannot stand to see others surpass him in any way.


Jimmy Louie - A kind and compassionate American-born Chinese who falls in love with Winnie.  He brings Winnie to the United States and marries her.