Fish Cheeks, by Amy Tan is a story of love, culture, being different, and accepting one's differences. A young Amy falls in love with the son of a white minister and is shocked when she finds out that her mother invited the ministers family over for christmas dinner. Amy is very embarrassed because of her asian heritage, and some of the asian customs her family embraces. She explains that her mother went out of her way to prepare many traditional asian dishes that most people would find quite odd. When Christmas eve came around, she explained what her mother was preparing and used imagery to paint a picture in the reader's mind as if they were there. “She was pulling black veins out of the backs of fleshy prawns” Tan said. Then continued to …show more content…
Once the dinner began, Amy got more and more embarrassed with her family as some of their actions are rude and gross to most cultures but not to theirs. “My relatives licked the ends of their chopsticks and reached across the table, dipping them into the dozen or so plates of food”. Her father then reached across the table and poked into one of the fishes cheeks and said “Amy, your favorite”. This made Amy so embarrassed that she wished she would just disappear. At the end of the dinner Amy's father burped loudly as it is a sign of respect towards the cook showing gratitude for the food. After everyone had left, Amy’s mother noticed her embarrassment all night and said “You want to be the same as American girls on the outside.” She the handed Amy an early gift, It was a beige tweed colored mini skirt. After she told Amy that she must always be Chinese on the inside and to be proud of who she was, because the only shame is to be ashamed. It took Amy years to truly figure out what her mother was trying to teach her, and after she figured it out she was proud of her ethnicity. For the next christmas eve, she chose all of her favorite
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John, Sadie’s brother, sped down the stairs and when he sat in his chair he began to inhale his eggs. “Where are your manners John?” Sadie said eating a forkful of eggs. “Blehhhh” John said sticking out his tongue revealing his chewed up food. Pa walked in and slammed the door.
Before the narrator’s crush arrives for dinner she contemplates, “What would Robert think of our shabby Chinese Christmas?” Her questioning shows her fear of embarrassment in the about the upcoming dinner. Tan’s use of the word “shabby” focuses on the narrator’s feelings that her traditional Chinese dinner is not as good as the traditional American Christmas
pg (1) This quote shows that Amy is embraced by her chinese culture and how her family acts. Amy was so nervous that the boy would never like her after he met her family and saw how different they celebrate the holiday. In the short story it also says “ you must be proud you are different. Your only shame is to have shame.”
In "Fish Cheeks" by Amy Tan, the author utilizes the symbolic beige tweed miniskirt to represent the main characters yearning to be the same as American girls. After her parents invited her crushes family over for dinner she is apprehensive as to what he will presume about her traditional relatives and culture. The text states,"What will he think of our Shabby Chinese Christmas"(2). Which reveals that she wants to be like traditional Americans and doesn 't appreciate the unique differences about her culture. She also spends too much time caring about what the boy will think of her relatives and the non-american food served, that she doesn 't fancy over the fact that all her favorite foods were served.
Lin realized that Americans slurp milkshakes just like Chinese slurp their soup. These examples show how the theme affects the character's life because they show that she realizes that all cultures have there own ways of doing things and you shouldn't be embarrassed by
In “Fish Cheeks” Amy realizes she should be proud of who she is even if she tries being American, and not to be ashamed of her Chinese customs and traditions. She learns to always be true to herself. In “Taco Head” it’s different because Sofia learns to be who she is. Sofia learns to be proud of who she is and to stand up for herself and all the Mexican American kids like her. In “Taco Head” it also said, “That year I kicked that girl in all classes and sports, especially soccer.”
In “All American Slurp,” Lensey Namioka’s portrayal of the two cultures in the story highlights the difficulty one may experience in adapting to a different culture. Lensey Namioka’s description of both the American and Chinese culture emphasizes just how difficult it proved to be for the Lin family to adapt to American culture they practically know nothing about. The Lin family would seem strange to an American by they way they pulled the strings out of their celery before eating it. The Gleason’s would continuously help the Lin family adapt to the American culture.
Amy Tan uses imagery in the short story “Fish Cheeks” in order to let the reader feel the way Amy felt at the table on Christmas Eve. For example, in the story it states, “ My relatives licked the ends of their chopsticks and reached across the table dipping them into the dozen or so plates of food.” This explains that Amy felt embarrassed that her family wasn’t realizing the fact that they had no manners at the table. Amy was completely embarrassed with the fact that, that was the way her family had acted while they ate. Everyone is put into a situation where they wished their parents or family members had not acted the way they did in front of them, and Amy Tan writing this story makes you remember those times.
A Pair of Tickets In “A Pair of Tickets,” Amy Tan described the journey of Jing-Mei Woo, a middle-aged, Chinese-American woman, to China where she experienced a compelling change in herself. The author herself is Chinese-American, which enabled her to use insightful experiences in the story that were similar to her own experiences to better illustrate the emotions that Jing-Mei felt. Reminiscing about her own trip to China, Tan wrote: “As soon as my feet touched China, I become Chinese” (Tan 146). As Jing-Mei made the long travel to her motherland, she experienced a series of events, met her long-lost relatives, reflected on her own memories, and listened to stories about her mother’s past, deepening the connection that she had with her mother
The Struggles of a Young Boy “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,” by W.D. Wetherell, explains that some choices in life aren’t worth losing something you admire. The Narrator and one of the main characters is a romantic and thrilled fisherman who is caught between choosing the Bass or the Girl. Sheila Mant, the other main character, is a self centered teenager who wants the Narrator to take her to the dance. The story’s resounding theme is that the Boy’s crush isn’t worth losing the opportunity to catch the fish of a lifetime. Because the story is told by the Boy, we know what his struggle is between choosing the fish or to keep his date going with Sheila Mant.
Imagine surviving a fatal experience only to be punished and blamed for a death you could do nothing about. Now, imagine losing a girlfriend and almost losing a sister and having to live with the grief with no one to share your pain. These are the two situations Sage and Maddy find themselves in after Isabel’s death (Sage’s girlfriend) in “The Isabel Fish” by Julie Orringer. Isabel died in a car crash with Maddy in the passenger seat, and she has felt blamed by everyone, including her brother and Isabel’s friends. Because of Isabel’s death, Maddy 's relationship with her brother became a series of punishments, however, after Sage feels guilty for killing Maddy 's fish, they finally opened up to each other and their relationship strengthens.
Growing up to be a decent human being is not easy. Experiences that are teachable moments can be comfortable or may be hurtful. People construe harmless events into catastrophic disasters. Amy Tan, Chinese American author, interprets her Christmas celebration to be an unpleasant event. In “Fish Cheeks,” Amy Tan uses diction and details to reveal her embarrassment of being Chinese.
“Fish Spine” by Santiago Nazarian is the story in the life of Hau and him getting over his insecurity’s to give a gift to his love interest. The story starts out with Hau washing his hands trying not to get the faucet or anything around him dirty with the smell of fish. Hau believes he smells of fish due to working with his parents cleaning the fish spines. Something that he doesn’t want anybody to smell when they meet him especially a girl that he likes. A girl who Hau spends a great amount of time with always wanting to be more but not having the courage due to his fear that he smells of fish.
In the story the mother is saying it's her daughter's fault that she looks like a Negro Chinese person. When the real truth is it's not her daughter's fault she looks like a Negro Chinese person. The way you look is all part of your culture appearance background. Than she made a comment about how she looked like a boy with curly really short
Throughout the entire novel, the mothers and daughters face inner struggles, family conflict, and societal collision. The divergence of cultures produces tension and miscommunication, which effectively causes the collision of American morals, beliefs, and priorities with Chinese culture which