She laughs at her mother’s “fractured English” and she “[grows] impatient” when her mother speaks Chinese (40). She does not understand the concept and meaning of Joy Luck Club either. In Jing-mei’s understanding, ‘joy luck’ is not a word, it does not exist”; instead, she thinks it is “a shameful Chinese custom, like the secret gathering of the Ku Klux Klan or the tom-tom dances of TV Indians preparing for war” (40, 28). This preconceived picture shows the limitation of Jing-mei’s knowledge of her mother and her history, therefore, she can only relate the Joy Luck Club to pessimistic or aggressive traditions. Moreover, Jing-mei also takes Suyuan’s criticisms as “her Chinese superstitions, beliefs that conveniently fit the circumstances”
She is embraced because her family because she likes a boy who is the minister's son, and her family invited the ministers family over for Christmas. The girl Amy, was so embraced because her family does not celebrate Christmas like the rest of the country. In her family they eat sea food and her relatives don't speak good english. In the short story it says “what would he think of our noisy Chinese relatives who lacked proper American manners.” 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.
By doing so, Yen Mah is able to depict how Niang cared more about what her peers thought of her rather than what her step-daughter thought of her. Though Adeline had an awful start in her life in boarding school, Niang continued to diminish her happiness. In the boarding school, Adeline saw other students’ eggs as “symbols of rare privilege,” and they distinguished the students into groups of “loved ones and the unloved ones” (Yen Mah 101,102). Because Adeline did not receive eggs in addition to her daily breakfast, she saw that none of her family members loved her enough to show that they have not forgotten about her. With this envy toward the fortunate students, she also builds animosity toward her family because the family continues to deny her importance in the family by leaving her eggless.
For example, when her aunt said that she took John out of school “ on account of his delicate health,” but later says that “ he would do very well if he had fewer cakes and sweetmeats sent him from home.” Syntax is important for the readers to understand because the readers would determine the character's attitude about one another or whenever the character is emphasizing a point . Through Jane’s point of view, Jane focuses on the relationship between her and John. Jane demonstrates to readers how she has suffered through her cousin’s anger and her aunt’s neglect to stop the abuse. Through Jane the reader is shown how even with all the suffering, Jane has her limits, even though she was submissive throughout the passage until the end. Jane’s point of view is important for the readers to know because the readers will understand what is happening to the character.
To begin with, both Tan and Crutcher utilize characterization to pursue the shared theme, that a strong sense of self is crucial when under the pressure of the expectation of others. In “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan, Amy feels propelled to conform because she feels judged for not being “normal”. Tan states, “What would Robert think of our shabby Chinese Christmas” (2). Also, it’s obvious Amy was self-conscious about the Chinese style of cooking and in this sentence she’s self-conscious because she says, “For Christmas I prayed for this blond-haired boy, and a slim new American nose”(1). In the first quote, she was over thinking and doubting that Robert would not like “our shabby Chinese Christmas” though in the end she was correct about Robert
However, sentimentally, author Judith Ortiz Cofer set main characters through non-territorial eyes to prove an American story allows to also be told by an immigrant. The story develops the point of view of one who receives unfair treatment and faces day to day challenges because of where Elena came to life. After reading the title, readers shall understand the characters set story explains are not considered equally. For example, the quote “The other girls picked up on the “pork chop” and made it into a refrain,” (Cofer 1) clarifies Elena became teased daily for her looks. There later became more than just bullying, for ones crush's mom disapproved of her living spaces either.
Koly in Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan reminds me of Matilda in Matilda by Rhold Dahl because they both insist on learning and reading even though their families are against it. In Matilda, her family is against her learning because they are all more interested in money, food, and TV. Therefore, Matilda was unhappy with her life, so she chose to live with Mrs. Honey because she treasured education just as much as Matilda. On the other hand, Koly’s family is against her getting an education because of cultural reasons. Using what I know, I predict that Koly will become forlorn with her new life and husband, which will lead to her running away from home to get an education.
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
For many of the Chinese people living in the United States, this type of sensual entertainment was disgraceful in every way possible. Many Chinese people at that time (especially the elderly) were very closed-minded about the morality of show business; to them, anyone in modern, American showbiz was immoral. Many times Chinese people would write letters to the performers telling them that they should be ashamed of themselves, and that they should get a decent job, where they didn’t have to show off their legs. Girls in Chinese households were taught how to be married, and how take care of the house, the children, and the husband; this was their proper place for a very long time. To the Chinese, it was disgraceful for girls to even take dancing lessons.The Forbidden City took a stand against this Chinese proper place because it influenced many young Chinese people to question or break away from their beliefs because of the distractions and immoral desires the American nightclubs and its performers encouraged.
“Two Kinds” by Amy Tan is a well written short story about the conflicts of a Chinese immigrant mother and child, who clash due to their different definitions of living a fulfilled life. In the short story, a theme that has played out from paragraph to paragraph is the suppression of a person 's identity based on the expectations of society. In the story, the author states that “We didn 't immediately pick the right kind of prodigy. At first, my mother thought I could be a Chinese Shirley Temple” (Tan paragraph 4). The word prodigy is defined as a young person who is endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities.