For instance, her famous novel ‘The Joy Luck Club’ depicts the Chinese mother and her American daughter relationship where they go through various circumstances trying to understand each other including the evolvement that comes in their relationships as the daughters know more about their mother’s life stories. Secondly, Tan considers the theme of identity in terms of Chinese immigrants and their life experiences as an immigrant in the United States. She reveals how the children born to the immigrants strive in an environment which is a mixture of American and Chinese influence. Moreover, Tan is found to have explored identity issues through her fictive creations and tackled the issue of authorial identity (Becnel, 2010). Similarly, romantic love is another subject included in the literary artworks of Amy Tan which considers the relationships and romance an important aspect of human’s life.
This article was published in Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit: Essays on Native American Life Today, a collection of short stories and articles that talk about her life as a Native American and the racism she has faced. This article was meant for everyone one to read but especially to show those not from these states the injustice that was happening within their own country. According the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, during the 80’s and 90’s, the United States saw a large increase in illegal immigration. Then the U.S. decided to improve its security through acquiring new technology and employing many more officers. The government provided funding to place a new computer system to stop the illegal border crossing.
The essay “The F Word” was written by Firoozeh Dumas who was a young Iranian girl when she and her family moved to America. She has written this essay due to justify the way American people see foreigners. She expresses in depth the troubles she went through when she was a child growing up with an Iranian name. She explains the thoughts that the other kids had and she gives examples of how these kids made fun of her other Iranian friends and siblings. Her reason for writing this essay was to bring attention to what growing up as foreigner with a different type of name is like in America.
The importance of Story-telling and embracing your culture There are numerous novels that focus on the immigration of people to The United States. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, by Maxine Hong Kingston is an example of one of the numerous novels that touch on the experiences that these people have been through. Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko is an example a little different where it shows that the people are sort of being pushed out of their land. Maxine Hong Kingston and Leslie Marmon Silk both use a form of story-telling (talk-story) to tell the stories of their protagonists. In these novels it is clearly seen that this form of writing is important in retaining and embracing a person’s and or a group’s cultural Identity.
ordering the world. Like trickster, Nanapush uses stories to re-create and reordering the native world. In Writing Trickster: Mythic Gambols in American Ethnic Fiction Jeanne Roister Smith remarks about trickster that “challenge the status quo and disrupt perceived boundaries” (1997: 2). “Women writers of color who, historically subjugated because of both their race and their sex, other combine a feminist concern for challenging patriarchy with a cultural interest in breaking racial stereotypes” (Smith 1997: 2). Laughter and humor are powerful medicines to cure Ojibwa crisis and ailments.
She like many other authors uses literature to express and expose the results of colonization. Her tone and attacking narration set the mood throughout the text. Although her novel sets place in postcolonial times she reflects on both the present and the past. Jamaica Kincaid takes on a second person narration to attack the reader, whom is taking on the role as the colonizer, a narrative telling, and lastly a reflection to de-credit colonization and expose their corruption and greed. Kincaid “inverts the power if naming inherent in colonial discourse by saying in public what other Antiguans can say only in private” (Byerman).
Immigrants came to America searching for new opportunities and a new life. Together immigrants and American people brought new language and culture. In “Mother Tongue,” Amy Tan uses anecdotes to discuss how language is capable of affecting someone’s life throughout time. In “Blaxicans and other Reinvented Americans,” Richard Rodriguez motivated Americans to expand their perspective on racial identity. Both “Blaxicans and other Reinvented Americans” and “Mother Tongue” suggest that immigrants have shaped the American identity by proposing that the American experience is a blend of new ideas with languages.
In "Two Way to Belong in America", a personal essay by Bharati Mukherjee, she talks about the cultural differences between her and her sister, Mira. Throughout the essay, Baharati explains their thoughts and opinions when they first started living in America; describing their similarities and differences. Although both sisters shared many similar values they found themselves on different sides when it came to debating over immigration and citizenship. Bharati who accepted the American culture was proud to be a citizen in the US and also married an American man. Mira on the other hand, thought very differently about it and we can see this when she says, “I’ll become a U.S citizen for now, then change back to Indian when I’m ready to go home.
“Beauty is not just a white girl. It's so many different flavors and shades.” A quote most famously used by Queen Latifah. Julia Alaverze the author of ‘I want to be Miss.America’ faced the struggle of loving and appreciating her beauty when she moved to the United States with her family. Through the short story, she shows the message that If a person doesn’t see their true value they may constantly try to change themselves. It is shown through the literary elements of Imagery, Simile, and Verbal Irony.
A closer examination reveals this monologue as less of a masterpiece and more of a long-winded diatribe. Alisoun’s soliloquy is full of contradictions and errors. For example, in her defense of the institution of marriage she acknowledges the divinity of the union, yet she also confesses to fornication with other men even while married. She claims that marriage is important because it raises stocks of virginity, but all of her 5 marriages are childless. She also edits the part of her references which does not fit her argument, as seen in her story of Solomon.