Cultural Identity In An Indian Father's Plea By Robert Lake

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One's Cultural Identity

Everyone's culture differs, it is one way that distinguishes one from others. It is

acquired, everyone is raised from it, and it determines the way one view the world and

others. Imagine being in place with others that have different perspective of culture.

Culture greatly informs the way one views the world and others. Ones behavior can be

affected by culture as well. Based on numerous essays on cultural identity, we can see

the extent of each culture from multiple characters.

In "An Indian Father's Plea" by Robert Lake, Robert Lake shows a character name

Wind-Wolf who faces a public school. Just like any others who's acquired with different

culture, Wind-Wolf realizes that kids in the school are very much
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As far as Wind-Wolf's behavior, he has to adjust to

a new culture, which is completely different from his original culture. With his Indian

culture beside, it's more challenging for Wind-Wolf to slowly fit into the culture

surrounding him. outside of how he was raised. A person may view the world and

others as faulty or even judge other individuals based on their cultural lenses.

"Two Kinds" by Amy Tan is a personal essay that was written about a mother and

daughter. Daughter named Jing Mei was born Chinese prodigy with an high

expectation from her mother. "America was where all my mother's hope lay" (18). The

mother viewed her daughter with an high hope of prosperous. Seeking only through

her own thought, it started to become transparent of mother's cultural identity on

having a thriving child for her generation. "Only two kinds of daughters.. those who are

obedient and those who follow their own mind" (24). The mother shows her strictness

towards Jing Mei for her to follow and obey. For Jing Mei, her belief of being herself

stands out to her. The two character's point of view on the world are very unlike, Jing

Mei believes of being herself nevertheless what the mother forces her to

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