I think Song's 'rules' may possibly be accurate in his / her mind. After all, Song has deceived a somewhat intelligent individual for over twenty years. I saying, Song:' Rule One is ' Men always believe what they want to hear.' (82) I don't think that is entirely accurate, but Song has proven it to be throughout the play in dealing with Gillimard. So basically in that area Song's 'rule' applies.
Gillimard wanted to believe his 'love' was indeed a young, Oriental woman. He refused to acknowledge otherwise because that was his ' fantasy'. However, I must disagree when 'Rule One' also states, Song: 's o a girl can tell the most obnoxious lies and the guys will believe them every time -- ' (82) Again, as far as Song's relationship with Gillimard is concerned, it is again truthful. However, I think that would be an extreme exaggeration in speaking of 'men' in general, even in terms of 'men' in this play. I don't think Song could have fooled Marc for very long. I think perhaps we see some of Hwang's own experiences in his life poking through into the play.
As Song explains, Rule Two: ' The West thinks of itself as masculine -- big guns, big industry, big money -- so the East is feminine -- weak, delicate, poor... but good at art, and full of inscrutable wisdom -- the feminine mystique.' (83) It's possible Song interprets the West as such, at this point. If this is so, however, why does he / she also state, Song: 'The Chinese men -- they keep us down.' ? (43) It seems, at the tender age that Song is, everyone is keeping him / her 'down'. The men from the West, as well as men from the East. And yet Song seems to think as well, the East is somewhat powerful, deep inside. Judge: ' Your armchair political theory is tenuous, Monsieur Song.' Song: ' You think so? That's why you " ll lose in all your dealings with the East.' (83) In general I believe Song's Rule Two is also proven, ' As soon as a Western man comes into contact with the East -- he is already confused.' (82) I believe Song has proven that, at least where Gillimard is concerned..