troubleshooting Question

java "newbie" confused by what seems like garbage collection details

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i am confronted with a method which behaves about like so

public static AType parse(BType bb) {

  /* ... do some stuff  */

  bb = parseBB(bb);

  /* MARK X */

  /* ... do some stuff */

  return parseAA();

public static BType parseBB(BType bb) {

  bb = new BType();
  bb.field = foo;

  return bb;

now at MARK X, bb.field has value foo, however, when i call parse(bb) and then inspect bb.field, it has a value of null. what gives? what do i need to do to make the value of bb.field persist? is that
possible at all?
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