In “White Tigers,” Kingston tells her own version of a popular Chinese ballad, “Fa Mu Lan,” while incorporating her own reality back into the section. In her literary criticism, “Empowerment Through Mythological Imaginings in “Woman Warrior”,” Sue Ann Johnston comments on Kingston’s use of myths in the memoir, and believes that myths are Kingston’s most effective means of conveying messages to readers. Although these myths are effective, Johnston overlooks Kingston’s incorporation of these myths back into her own life. As demonstrated in “White Tigers,” Maxine Hong Kingston reveals that a woman warrior requires strength, dedication, independence, and confidence through her mother’s talk-stories and personal struggles during her life. At the opening of “White Tigers,” Kingston vividly describes the importance of storytelling to girls in the Chinese community.
Historically, this traditional came from a Confusion philosophy in China, which the child must take care of their parents until death, and utter most, respect them. The main character in this book, is Tita. She has two older sisters named, Gertrudis and Rosaura. Their mother is Mama Elena, who is strict and cold hearted, with some signs for care of the family. But, in general, the author portrays Mama Elena as a conservative and cruel mother who treats her as not a human
Nearly 50,000 individuals attended The Fourth World Conference on Women September 5,1995 in Beijing, China to listen to Hilary Clinton 's speech advocating women 's rights issues. In her speech Clinton discusses issues women face universally, targeting individuals and governments. Hilary Clinton successfully applies ethos, pathos, and logos in this impactful address focusing attention on the unethical and impudent treatment women still encounter in recent times "Ethos or the ethical appeal, means to convince an audience of the author’s credibility or character." According to Aristotle there are requirements to seem credible: competence, good intention and empathy. As First Lady at the time, Hilary Clinton provides her audience with every
Amy Tan 's story "A Pair of Tickets" is about a girl who is Chinese-American woman 's struggle to accept her culture and identity. She went china to complete her mother’s dream of reunite the family. As we read through the story, we will see the protagonist Jing-Mei grew up with American influences and struggles with her Chinese heritage. Throughout the story, we will see how she is
"Two Kinds" by Amy Tan is a complex representation of an unsteady mother-daughter relationship. The focal point of the story is oftentimes troublesome yet inescapable and uncovers clashing values. The relationship between Jing-mei and her mother stretches throughout the story. Conflict rises as opposite standpoints in connection with identification surface. Living in America as a Chinese immigrant, Jing-mei 's mother plants her dreams of American success on the shoulders of her daughter.
In the 1960’s, China was overrun by the idea that everybody must be equal, and those who are superior should be punished for their “wrongdoings”. Ji-li Jiang grew up in this unfortunate era, and her novel, Red Scarf Girl, describes the struggles that people in China faced every day of their lives during the Cultural Revolution. This unfair treatment of upper and middle class citizens is depicted by the author’s own memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Ji-li Jiang recounts childhood experiences in order to elucidate how her family’s political situation affected her education, her family’s financial stability, and her basic freedoms in life, providing readers with a deeper analysis and more personal communication of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. In her novel, Red Scarf Girl, Ji-li Jiang recounts situations in which her education was greatly affected by her family’s political status, which she was completely unable to control.
Tan sets all her novels within the circle of the Chinese American family and inside the minds and psyches of the family members. Tan takes her readers into pre-Communist Chinese society in which the aristocratic family is the visible evidence of unwritten rules that require absolute filial piety, that sanction hierarchies based on gender and class, that condone concubinage and the virtual enslavement of women within arranged marriages, and that stress above everything else the importance of saving face rather than self. The interior landscapes are connected, for in Old China lie the seeds of the conflicts that threaten to rend the fragile bonds holding the immigrant family together and only when the second generation recognizes and understands the
“But you can vanquish the demons only when you yourself are convinced of your own worth.” (Yen Mah) Chinese Cinderella, by Adeline Yen Mah, shows true acts of heroism and strength during Adeline 's life when she was abused and unloved. A pillar of support and lots of courage is needed to surpass the hurdles of her life and her story is inspirational in many ways. Although she is abused, Adeline is at the top of her class in school. Her parents consistently slap or whip her. “Her face suffused with rage, she slapped me.” (Yen Mah 102) In those days it was a lot more common for parents to beat their children.
The high expectations immigrant families place on their children is still a very relevant social issue and can be witnessed throughout the United States. In this short story, we witness how a parent’s good intentions can ultimately lead to the destruction of their child’s motivation. The road to prodigy all began when Jing-Mei’s mother desired her to be a “Chinese Shirley Temple” (Tan). After the countless movies watched and the failed trip to the beauty school, that dream came to an end as quickly as it had started. This however, opened the door to many more tests of trial and error.
A 73-year-old parent sued her daughter and her stepson of self-neglect in China. Due to this and several other cases, China had decided to make filial piety a law and have strongly encouraged people to visit and respect their parents. I don’t think filial piety should be a law in 2018 because I feel like human beings are capable of doing filial piety without a law. Everyone, I think, has the conscience to visit, or respect their parents or their elders. An article about filial piety from the New York Times states that a 26-year-old young man pushed his disabled
The parts in the mother’s point of views are most likely all of Daisy Li’s memories of her life that she had told Amy Tan. The parts in the daughters point of views are more recent memories Amy Tan has of her times as a young adult and lessons learned from her mother. A great deal of the book is based off of Daisy Li’s life. For example, An-mei Hsu, said “I know this, because I was raised the Chinese way: I was taught to desire nothing, to swallow other people’s misery, to eat my own bitterness.” (Tan, Page 215) Tan’s mother taught her to be strong and independent that is really what that quote is all about. To be strong and independent you have to be able to take care of not only yourself, but the people you care for.