Frequently, she is verbally abused by her siblings by being called many rude names. “‘You don't know because you are stupid!’” (Mah 14). This quotes Big Sister calling Adeline stupid for something she didn't know the answer to. It is important because it gives evidence that Adeline is abused and treated unfairly at home, though most people outside the family do not sense that at all.
Cultural differences are prevalent in both of Amy Tan’s novels, The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God’s Wife. The mother’s face gender inequality based upon living in a patriarchal society in China, where they are oppressed with silence by their dominating husbands. Nevertheless, their daughters live in American, where they have an opportunity of freedom, have not faced constrainment in their lifestyles as their mother’s have. The independent girls have their own authority and mindset, being raised in western societies. Therefore, it is quite difficult for the mother’s and daughter’s to have a sense mutual understanding.
Incompatible Interracial relationships are difficult to maintain in the United States because of differences in cultural upbringing as well as racism and xenophobia. The book The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan focuses on four Chinese mothers who describe their past hardships and adjustment to the United States as well as their relationships with their American born daughters. The mothers try to save their children from experiencing the same things that they have been through. In the book, there are a few interracial couples such as Rose Hsu and Ted, Waverly Jong and Rich, and Ying Ying St.Clair and her husband Clifford. They all have trouble loving and understanding each other.
Unlike Sojourner Truth, Qiu Jin in her except, Injustices to Chinese Women, was softer and more passive in term of language. Although the first half of Qiu Jin’s except also showed sorrow and sadness, it was not filled with anger like Truth’s except. The live of a Chinese woman back then was like a object, a “thing” instead of a human being. From being treated like a “useless thing” the moment they were born to being sold to different family as a wife in exchange for money for their family, Chinese women have no power in choosing their destiny. It is so sad to see how women have to be fit in with the traditional Chinese standard.
“Divergent perceptions and absence of a common language of communication ... they fail to fathom each other’s feelings and likes and dislikes” (Priya). Miscommunication between people creates rifts and lays pretense for tension and dispassion. Without communication, people become impatient and disassociate. “They see daughters who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Chinese, who think they are stupid when they explain things in fractured English”(Tan 31).
The Tale of Genji is considered the prototype of classical Japanese literature, written by noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu. This Heian literature classic revolves around the story of a male samurai protagonist while depicting the lifestyles of high courtiers. To some extent, Tale of Genji portrays the Heian period of Japan, but ultimately, Murasaki drafted this classic piece as a way to destroy the social norms at the time. If one examines the list of characters listed on the story, one can conclude that no explicit names were given to each character.
Following another ball where Elizabeth’s family displays bad behavior, particularly Mr. Collins attempting to introduce himself to Mr. Darcy, Mr. Darcy convinces the Bingley family to leave the countryside. Jane is heartbroken and believes that Mr. Bingley no longer likes her. She visits London with some family to detox, and Elizabeth goes to visit Charlotte and her husband, Mr. Collins, who had previously proposed to Elizabeth but was rejected. While there, she encounters Lady Catherine as well as Mr. Darcy and a relative. There, Mr. Darcy proposes in an insulting manner and is turned down, with Elizabeth responding is just as insulting a manner as him.
Last thing that one can infer from the quote is his mother’s language barrier. She always speak Chinese to Jack, in the quote his mother uses Chinese word such as “Sha jio chink?”. By saying this Chinese sentence in America, it taunted and made Jack embarrassed because Jack always thought he will not get accepted and his mother was one that is blocking his way to get recognized since, she made Jack different from peers. In the part of Jack rejects many things including the looks , talking to his mother in Chinese and rejects his culture. The toy that his mother made for
Many of Woolf’s characters are placed outside of society’s strict rules and thus classified as ‘unusual’ and a threat to the social system. Septimius, Peter, Mrs Kilman, Clarissa and Sally in their youth, and even minor characters such as the ‘old Irishwoman’ who wishes to toss flowers in front of the Prime Minister’s car, compromise the rigidity of society, with its condemnation of expression of the individual. Mental illness, sexuality, male emotion, and poverty all set characters against the social system. Throughout Mrs Dalloway, we often see these characters suffer great unhappiness from the intense pressure to conform to the social system. The rejected Mrs Kilman, with her severe religious zealotry and unspoken attraction to Elizabeth, feels she has ‘suffered so horribly’ and ‘the pleasure of eating…the only pure pleasure left to her’ to fill the void.
Mother Tongue by Amy Tan tells how Tan and her mother were being treated as Chinese-American who spoke with a “broken” English accent. Tan talks about the struggles of starting off her writing career as many would say her English was not perfect or her writing was not that great but the support of her mother she finds her passion for writing and English in general. Breaking out the English by Arthur Chu explains his story on how he was ridiculed by his peers because his English was too perfect, so he spent a lot of time trying to sound like a “normal” Chinese-American citizen while still trying to stay true to himself. Mocking “Foreign Accents” and the Privilege of “Sounding White” by Muslim Reverie speaks on how we (as Americans) classify
Is the experience being an outsider universal? This question often is thought of by people of all ages. An outsider can be anyone including someone who looks, acts, speaks, or presents themselves differently than what is normal. Everybody feels like an outsider at one point of their life, which is why the experience of being an outsider is universal. The experience of being an outsider is present in the story "By Any Other Name" by Santha Ramma Rau, as well as "The Dolls House" by Katherine Mansfield and "Sonnet, With Bird" by Sherman Alexie.
Everyone goes through one point of life not being able to fit in a group. Some people believe that being an outsider isn’t universal, however, if everyone fits in why is would bullying be a big problem in schools. People also believe that everyone has groups to fit in, but not everyone fits in social classes. From my experience, I know what it’s like to not fully fit in with the popular kids. They don’t really talk to you and they believe that they are more superior, which is not the case at all.
BaFa BaFa Reflection I believe that everyone has felt like an outsider or felt like they didn’t belong at least once in their lives. During this simulation it brought back many memories where I’ve felt like an outsider. For example, with me I felt like an outsider when my family decided to celebrate Christmas with people from my church like three or four years ago. The reason that I felt like an outsider was because the way these people from church celebrated Christmas was way different from the way my family has always celebrated it. I felt a little uncomfortable and out of place.
Joy Luck Club Passage Analysis (pg. 64) The book, The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan focuses on the complexity of mother-daughter relationships amongst immigrant and first generation families. Through the use of narrative and metaphor to convey Ying Ying St. Clair’s inner thoughts and the hurt and suffering she endures. Furthermore Tan’s style is easily recognizable to many mother’s and daughters because it captures their struggles to understand each other. In the passage, Tan uses narrative and description to explain the distance in the relationship between a mother and a daughter.
Amy tans’ the joy luck club is picturing the relationship between mothers and their daughters born in America. The relationship is weaken by daughters’ disobedience, lack of communication, and even getting along with their mothers seems challenging. For examples, Waverly asked her mom “Ma, what is Chinese torture” because she couldn’t understand her mom expression of love toward her. This book is about how the mothers and daughters relationship can be weakened by the tragedy and daughters’ disobediences.