In the nonfiction passage "Fish Cheeks" by Amy Tan, the author learns a valuable lesson about her heritage and learns to appreciate all aspects of her Chinese culture. Through her choice of vivid, colorful language, Tan creates a descriptive image in the reader's mind that clearly depicts what happened to her at Christmas Eve dinner. In the passage written by Amy Tan, the author uses detail and diction to reveal that an embarrassing experience in her youth changed how she felt about her family's heritage and culture by making her realize that her feelings of shame were based on other's opinions of their traditions more than her own feelings.
Point of View on Culture Among many literatures about Asian and Chinese culture “Saving Sourdi” by May-Lee Chai is one. This short story is about a young girl, Nea, and her sister, Sourdi, and what happens when Sourdi grows up when Nea does not want her to. Their family are Chinese and they moved to America.
In the story “Two Kinds”, the author, Amy Tan, proposes to make readers think of the meaning behind the story. She doesn’t speak out as an analyzer to exemplify what is the real problem between her and her mother. As a substitute, she uses her own point of view as a speaker to state what she is knowledgeable in and what she feels in her mind all along in the story. She has not judged what is right or wrong based on her beliefs. Instead of learning how to solve a family issue, thse author selects to engrave a description diary encompassing her true feeling towards actions during her childhood, which offers readers not only a pure interpretation, but understanding on how the narrator feels discouraged due to failing her mother’s potentials which leads to a large fight between the narrator and her mother. Children carry the weight of parent’s hopes when they grow up and face emotive paths to create an identity.
The cooked fish signifies the death of the Malay culture within the family. However, the father didn’t give up. In the future, the narrator moved to an apartment, where she was
However, when Amy learns that his family is coming to dinner, she cries. During the dinner, she is embarrassed because of her loud and rude chinese relatives and the particular Chinese menu that her mother had prepared. She only realizes many years later that “For Christmas Eve that year, she had chosen all my favorite foods,” (1). In this realization, Amy Tan learns that her
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.
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.”
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.
Lessons from the Culture Every year we see family emigrate to other countries, and they face many challenges. The stories “Sweet, Sour, and Resentful”, by Firoozeh Dumas, and from “Fish Cheeks”, by Amy Tan, share similar cultures and really interesting stories. Also, both families from the essay share several challenges that they are face when they move to the United States of America. The two families share many similarities; however, they differ in to keeping their culture, showing openness, and teaching a lesson from their culture to others.
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.
The author Amy Tan, in her text she deals with living in the American society more than the other author because she gives the reader a clear idea of what she is going through at the moment. In the story “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan, it says “What would Robert think of our shabby Chinese Christmas? What would he think of our noisy Chinese relatives who lacked poor proper American manners?” Tan
One generally invites one’s friends to dinner, unless one is trying to get on the good side of enemies or employers. We’re quite particular about those with whom we break bread.” (Foster, 9) Through the breaking of bread, or in this case the laborious cleaning, cooking, and finally the eating of chitlins is representative of a communion, between the almost sacred bonds between a mother and her daughter. Throughout the exposition of the short story, we constantly see that the other members of her family reject the chitlins for being “country” or smelling strange.
She has to add “an apple-onion stuffing” (13) just to make it interesting. The metaphor of this poem creates a vivid image of the brother's and sister's personalities, and how the character is able to deal with them. The author creates a cannibalistic environment with her cooking terms, but is able to make it light hearted through the overall
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
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.