Fish Cheeks Short Story

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People shouldn't be judged by their culture, or religion, or how they look, people should be judged by the content inside of them. In the short story “ Names/ NOMBRES” by: Julia Alvarez, it talks about a spanish girl and her family, and how they are made fun of for their spanish names. In the short story “ Fish Cheeks” by: Amy Tan, it talks about how a chinese girl is embraced by her family's way of celebrating their chinese Christmas. Both stories show that sometimes your culture may be different than other peoples, but you should be proud of it and who you are. In the short story “Names/ NOMBRES” there is a spanish family that is being treated meanly because of their culture. In the story the family experienced many encounters with people…show more content…
She is embraced because her family because she likes a boy who is the minister's son, and her family invited the ministers family over for Christmas. The girl Amy, was so embraced because her family does not celebrate Christmas like the rest of the country. In her family they eat sea food and her relatives don't speak good english. In the short story it says “what would he think of our noisy Chinese relatives who lacked proper American manners.” pg (1) This quote shows that Amy is embraced by her chinese culture and how her family acts. Amy was so nervous that the boy would never like her after he met her family and saw how different they celebrate the holiday. In the short story it also says “ you must be proud you are different. Your only shame is to have shame.” This shows that the mother explains to Amy that she must always be proud of her culture and that she should be proud she is different. Amy then understands that she is different and she should be proud of it and thanks her mom for having such a cool culture. This short story clearly demonstrates the theme of sometimes your culture may be different than other peoples, but you should be proud of it and who you
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