Living in America as a Chinese immigrant, Jing-mei 's mother plants her dreams of American success on the shoulders of her daughter. On the other hand, being born into this country, Jing-mei is against wanting to live up to the expectations her mother sets on her. Two kinds reveal two different sides of the cultural spectrum, and their opposing view towards their values. Jing-mei 's mother felt like an outcast existing in a dominate population. Grasping the same idea, she held onto her hard time back in her home.
Asian American Cathy Song drew closer to her Korean-Chinese ancestry, and was able to describe in a clear image of the two women she represent, one being the industrial American women and the other one being the Chinese caretaker. Cathy Song was born and raised in Hawaii making her an American by birth right. This fact did not keep her from engulfing her Korean-Chinese heritage. In the poem “Lost Sister”, Song isolates a young girl who struggles to find who she truly is in China, because of all the restrictions. The young girl wants to go to America to seek a needed fulfilment.
She starts a long journey of finding her twin elder sisters, whom her mother had left behind when leaving China due to Japanese invasion. This is the exact motif the author has brought from her mother’s experience, leaving behind her 3 daughters after divorce and moving to United States. From this fact, I was able to imply that the author did have some kind of bond to her half-siblings, wishing to find them in the future. In the end, she was able to meet her twin sisters with the help from the other 3 mothers in the story. Another important character to look upon is Ying Ying, a lady who doesn’t usually smile and always seems gloomy.
Trying to plan the perfect trip, is away to hide her discomfort for the situation that was playing in front of her. Meeting her mother 's daughters for the first time, is something that is very important in developing her. Accepting that her mother had this other life before her, makes it more believable in why she was the way she
As a teenager, merely seventeen years of age, Lee set out for China, living with distant relatives as a refugee in order to escape from North Korea. There are very many challenges that came with this, including the fear of being captured and brought back to North Korea for execution. This, however, did not stop her as she was able to fool the police and even head to South Korea in order to start a new life. Lee had to overcome this struggle and bounce back by planning ahead for her future. Unfortunately, things did not go as well as she had hoped and when she sent money to her family, it was intercepted and they were to be "removed to a desolate location in the countryside" (Lee pg.
While some would assume this meant she had equal exposure to both cultures, her Chinese heritage was suppressed as a result of racial bullying, leaving her identity elusive and uncertain. In an effort to discover her identity, she embarked on a spiritual journey, writing poetry along the way. Mother’s Jewellery Box writes of the beginning of her lifelong expedition. The poem is riddled with various stylistic features that play into the idea of the poem being in the bildungsroman genre. The first words of the poem are “the twin lids”, instantly addressing her
Chinese Cinderella is a modern take on the classic Cinderella fairytale, written by Adeline Yen Mah, who writes about her story growing up about her neglectful family similar to the classic fairytale. From the beginning of the story we get a sense of the tone of the story, despair. We start of with a hyperbolic feeling of leaving school, “relentlessly” and “end of school forever”. This shows how Yen Mah 's dreads the thought and possibility of going back to her family. We are also shown, with a great description, about how the thought of returning to her family literally caused her physical pain; “throbbed at the back of my mind like a persistent toothache”, this also makes the reader sympathize with her, we 've all experienced a pain
Lee initially shows determination on page 1, as she crosses the border of North Korea into China at 17 years old, alone. This is a display of Lee's determination because she goes on a frightening journey into a new country by herself at a young age. Her determination really comes into play in this scenario because even though she is scared, she also knows that her actions will lead her on a better path in life. That thought is what ultimately keeps Lee going on her journey. Another example of Lee's determination is when she helps her family escape North Korea and reach the safer, South Korea (2).
In the story,"The School Days of an Indian Girl" a girl named Zitkala-Ša talks about how it feels to come into a new country knowing nothing about it. She comes to America with her sister, her first experience with people from here doesn’t go well. She gets on a train filled with people, mainly white. They all look at her in a weird way. Even babies are looking at them weird.
As Jing-mei says: “my mother and I never really understood one another. We translated each other’s meanings and I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more” (37). The Chinese language to Suyuan is much more than a language; instead, it is embodied by her memories of and history in China. She insists on speaking Chinese. The reason for this is on the one hand because her broken English stops her from passing on her wisdom and life experience to her daughter.