Asian-American Culture And Cultural Identity

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1.) What are Yang 's feelings about his identity as an Asian American? Does he feel connected to his cultural identity or alienated from it? How does he feel about the stereotypes attached to his cultural identity? The protagonist in Wesley Yang’s “Paper Tigers” feels disconnected from his ancestry. Wesley is labeled as an immigrant to outsiders on account of his race yet he feels like an outsider within his own race. Wesley was not raised with traditional Asian customs so he does aim to be the typical Asian-American. Wesley is portrayed to be as a typical Asian-American, but he is as different from the Asian-American culture as he can be. When Wesley looks in his mirror all he sees is a face and it baffles him how a simple face can lead to so much assumptions and social placements. People see Wesley and assume that he is the top of his class and wanted to be a lawyer or a doctor. He is an immigrant, but he never strived to be one or stand out as a representation of his heritage although he is depicted as one. Wesley does not feel connected to his culture or stereotypes, he feels that almost everyone that grew up in first generation immigrant families were alienated. They were taught at a young age that they have to be the best at everything and they have little time to think for themselves. Wesley did not believe in all the traditional values that Asian-American were taught to believe in; he did not believe in filial piety, grade-grubbing, Ivy League, deference

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