Gish Jen Who's Irish Analysis

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Gish Jen’s “Who’s Irish” is a story of a Chinese family in America and narrated by a sixty eight year old Chinese Immigrant. Speaking in “broken English” the grandmother is keen to narrate the events surrounding her daughter, her granddaughter and her son-in-law who is Irish. The story is based on how a woman’s granddaughter is growing up in a different way than how she raised her daughter, which brings conflict between the two, mother and daughter. This mainly takes place in the park or the home of the daughter. The grandmother who is a typical first generation Chinese woman, always have difficulty understanding her daughter who is Americanized style of raising her child.

The story reminds me of my background, the way I was raised. If my

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