At the opening of “White Tigers,” Kingston vividly describes the importance of storytelling to girls in the Chinese community. Kingston states, “When we Chinese girls listened to the adults talk-story, we learned that we failed if we grew up to be but wives or slaves. We could be heroines, swordswomen. Even if she had to rage across all China, a swordswoman got even with anybody who hurt her family. Perhaps women were once so dangerous that they had to have their
The structure of the narratives demonstrates the individual tragedies of mother’s life in China, as well as, the obscurities of cultural transformation. The act of storytelling accentuates the mother’s strength in China where they were suggested to be invisible and voiceless human beings. They tell their stories to preserve their ancestral history, in addition to emphasizing their cultural differences. However, they find themselves muted in America, because their English is not good enough and they feel culturally
Confucian ideas highlight the need to have a heir, thus the Emperor need to be sexually active, which explains the very large number of women in the inner court. However, according to Confucian ideals, the Emperor was not supposed to retain any pleasure from this encounters. therefore leading to a paradox hard to overcome by the Emperor and even harder to enforce by the outer court officials depute their moral concerns. Song women were also granted for the first time considerable legal rights. In fact, Song Dynasty is seen as a high point for women property point in China, further challenging Confucian traditional patrilinality.
Prostitution: Why Consensual Sex Should Be Legalized The selling of sex in exchange for money is a concept that has been utilized since the ancient civilizations. It is no wonder than that prostitution is known as the world 's oldest profession. To many feminist advocates, prostitution is a barbaric and dehumanizing act that should be outlawed. However, this is untrue as sex work is a necessary means of income for approximately one million women in America. As there will always be people selling their bodies for money, the U.S. government should prioritize providing legal support and health-related resources for sex workers.
Immigrants were incredibly abused amid this time too. Americans trusted that these newcomers were taking occupations and were the reason for the ghettos and expanded destitution in the states. Americans who emphatically disliked migrants were nativist. Plated nativist was unequivocally contradicted toward the southern and eastern European transients. Feeling influenced Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act that restricted any new Chinese migrants.
In the chapter "My Name", she mentions "the Chinese, like the Mexicans, don't want their women strong. "(Cisneros 10). Esperanza constantly feels as if she is burdened by her ethnicity and origin, wishing to get as far away as she can from it. Throughout the book, Cisneros gives multiple examples of the mistreatment of women. In the chapter "Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut and Papaya Juice on
Chinese immigrants experience much more hardship compared with what they contribute to the society. It seems that every immigrant needs to suffer a lot of bias and hardship in America because of cultural difference. Culture shock leads to many misunderstandings and causes conflicts. That is easy to understand. However, Chinese immigrants are treated unfairly because more complex reasons.
Roles Played By Women In Classical Civilizations Women weren’t always seen as equal to men, throughout history women have been mistreated and thought to be less than men. In the classical times,the Rome Empire and the Han dynasty had many similarities and a couple differences in the way they treated their women. During the Classic period from 300 BCE-600 CE, women in Rome and the Han Dynasty were treated and seen as less than men, in China were to submit to their husbands while in Rome women were to be married as soon as they hit puberty and had many disadvantages in divorce,in both civilizations the main role of women was to of taking care of children and the home. In ancient Rome women weren’t given much rights and treated like second class citizens. Women belonged to their fathers or husbands, they weren’t allowed to be independent.
(Woo, pg 5-10) Before Wu was the Empress of the Tang dynasty she was a concubine of Taizong and Gaozong. Also, she entered the palace as a junior concubine of the Emperor Taizong at the young age of 14. Her history as a concubine is one of the reasons why Wu faces so much criticism as an empress. A concubine is a mistress, and most people did not want a leader who portrayed a prostitute which Wu was. (Fitzgerald) Also, Wu was known to “gratify certain unusual sexual appetites of the emperor.”
Assimilation is usually meant to indicate what happens to immigrants in a new land. However, “rejection, loneliness, discrimination—these were the byproducts of living in the United States” (Ghymn 37). In Marilyn Chin’s essay on assimilation “How I Got That Name,” the speaker acquaints the readers how she got the American name “Marilyn.” The tension between the two cultures is evident, for the speaker is treated as “Model Minority.” Her race and ethnicity define her; in fact, the stereotypes inscribed with her race restricted and cage her significance in the society. Similarly, David Hwang’s 10-minute play “Trying to Find Chinatown” centers on an encounter between Ronnie, a Chinese-American street musician, and Benjamin, a Caucasian tourist from Wisconsin who identifies himself as Asian-American, in the busy street of New York. In the play, “each character defines who he believes he is: Benjamin is convinced he is a Chinese American, and Ronnie sees