Lessons from the Culture Every year we see family emigrate to other countries, and they face many challenges. The stories “Sweet, Sour, and Resentful”, by Firoozeh Dumas, and from “Fish Cheeks”, by Amy Tan, share similar cultures and really interesting stories. Also, both families from the essay share several challenges that they are face when they move to the United States of America. The two families share many similarities; however, they differ in to keeping their culture, showing openness, and teaching a lesson from their culture to others.
America is known as the melting pot of the world because of the diverse and blended cultures that are located throughout the country. America accepts people from all different places and ethnicities in the world and allows them to join in, in being a part of this wonderful country. These are only but a few of the reasons so many people dream of coming to America to start a new life. What would America be like without the thousands of immigrants that have shaped its culture? Immigrants have contributed to the world of fashion, the music industry, and the entertainment business of America in significant ways.
One example is when her family tried the raw celery and “zip zip zipped” the celery strings of the celery and that wasn’t normal for Americans. Another example is that when they were ready to eat there was a buffet but they did not know that, so they grabbed chairs and sat down. As you can see, differences in culture make it hard to fit in. Lin’s food at lunch, style of dress and language makes it tough to fit in. She has obstacles with her family because they are strict and will not allow her become Americanized.
Anzaldúa was a Mexican American who was a well-known writer and had a major impact on the fields of queer, feminist, and cultural theory. Her most famous work is Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza which includes poems, essays, and short stories. Anzaldúa was no stranger to the use of literary theories in her writing, which is evident in her short story “How to Tame a Wild Tongue.” Here, the author uses a combination of feminist, reader-response, and psychoanalytic theory to show the struggle of being oneself when they’re Mexican-American. Through the use of feminist theory, she explains how a female is labeled as an “habladora” when she tries to voice out her opinion about something; reader-response theory provides the reader with an understanding of the struggles of self-identity, which they are able to relate to, especially Mexican-Americans; and lastly, psychoanalytic theory illuminates on her childhood experiences, which could explain why Anzaldúa believes in what she does, such as the idea that Anglo people have tried to tame her tongue—in other words, her language.
General information about the USA America is known as a land of immigration (immigration country). People with all kinds of backgrounds live in the USA. There are Germans, Scandinavians, Asians, Hispanic people, Afro Americans and many more. Only about 2% of the society still native. The variety of the population leads to a variety of languages, religions, and social and cultural traditions.
Culture and Women In “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid and “ How to date a Brown girl, Black girl, White girl or Halfie “ by Junot Diaz, both authors elaborate on culture and how it shapes outlook on women. In Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” a mother enforces her culture’s strong beliefs on her daughter. As the result, she displays her parental authority with a sequence of short commands influenced by her culture. A sense of judgment can be seen in the young girl, after questioning her mothers’ request.
Another fictional story that documents a young Asian American girl is Fish Cheeks written by Amy Tan. In the short narrative the author writes about the white minister’s family attending their Christmas Eve dinner. The main character becomes embarrassed over the minster’s son judging their traditional chinese foods and develops a dislike for her chinese culture (Tan). Instances where Asian Americans are judged for their culture happens frequently and it causes Asian American youth to leave behind their culture in order to fit in with mainstream American culture as soon as they get a chance, causing their history and tradition to be lost with
America is a country filled with multiple ethnicities and cultures; this is due to increase in immigrants. The majority of settlers want to move into United States because of the political and economic conflict back in their country. They are hunger for opportunities and American dreams. As a result, America is considered to be one of the country that occupied with multiple races. At the earlier time, however, minorities—such as Asians—were not welcome into the country.
People from all over the world came to the US for many reasons, and with them came their culture. The US is considered today as a place where, for the most part, all people and cultures are accepted. This can all be traced back to the immigrants that came to the US in the late 1800s. These people brought their customs and traditions to the US and allowed the people to really experience how other people around the world live. Foods, religions, governments, and ideals are just some of the many thing immigrants brought to the US that overall made the US a much more complex country.
The short story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan explains a mother and daughter relationship that has many differences within a conflict in the story. The narrator demonstrates that the mother and the daughter do not agree with the same aspect on life. Since the mother wants her daughter to be perfect, the daughter refuses to make her mother’s wishes come true. Her mother wanted the narrator to become the perfect traditional daughter, but the narrator’s differences triggered with her mother. An indication from the story is, “Unlike my mother, I did not believe I could be anything I wanted to be, I could only be me” (137).
Why America? Is it because we give opportunities or is it because we let the people start all over with their lives? The United States over time has changed over the years because of how people come from parts of the world for better lives. Latinos over the year have been going up since the 90’s and still coming.
Cultural identity often leads to isolation and is a source of conflict; overcoming cultural barriers, however, can facilitate an individual who is compassionate and ethical. Such is evident in Deborah Rodriguez 's novel, Kabul Beauty School. On a volunteer mission to Afghanistan, Deborah seeks to establish Kabul 's first hairdressing school, provide opportunities for women, and maintain relationships despite cultural differences. Using her uncommon skills in cosmetology and sociability to her advantage, Deborah founds her school in the city of Kabul. Despite aid from corporate sponsors, Rodriguez constantly finds herself fighting cultural, financial, and political battles.
French theorists Helene Cixous and Luce Irigaray have suggested, women must "speak" and "write" their own experiences, but the speaking must also be related to the context (Helland). In her life and work Kahlo espoused the ethic of Mexicanidad (Mexicanness), picturing herself as nourished by her Indian roots despite the fact that she was the daughter of an Hungarian Jew and a Mexican mother of Spanish and Indian descent (Herrera 1990). As she sought her own roots, Kahlo’s personal pain did not eclipse her commitment to Mexico and the Mexican people. She always also voiced concern for her country as it struggled for an independent cultural identity. Therefore, from looking at Self-Portrait on the Border Line Between Mexico and the United States it provides evidence of an insightful understanding of the fragmented Mexican identity.