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
Instead of accepting her mother’s perspective, Kingston merges reality with fantasy as she explores the possible personalities of her estranged relative. Instead of complying with the cultural belief that one must not bring dishonor to one's family, Kingston explores what would cause someone to “drown herself in the drinking water” (16). This strong language is a metaphor that suggests than women are destroyed by the very same thing that allows them to live. This dichotomy is presented in “White Tigers” as some talk-stories depict “swordswomen jump over houses from a standstill” (19) while others communicate that women must be demure. This inconsistent portrayal of gender roles depicts the narrator's struggle with identity.
Kingston/ Fa Mu Lan says: “I never told them the truth. Chinese executed women who disguised themselves as soldiers or students, no matter how bravely they fought or how high they scored on the examinations” (Kingston 39). Thus, by putting on male clothes and the choice of silence, she becomes a strong woman (Parrott ). Unfortunately, silence as a powerful discourse and “weapon against her enemies” (Parrott ) only seems to work in the fictionalized tale of Fa Mu Lan.
She feels that by telling her aunt’s story she is giving her the voice she never had. We are given two versions of the story, the first being about the aunt as a rape victim and the second as a desiring object which was the oriental stereotype of how woman should be, silent and desired. Again in ‘No Name Woman’ we see the patriarchal society that China had at the time, women were expected to do as a man told them and stay quiet including lying with him and being his secret evil. (14) No matter if it was a husband, father or stranger, a woman must always do as commanded.
This caused her to alienate herself since her mother asked her to keep a part of herself hidden from the world by binding her and making sure no one found out she menstruated ealy (Anzaldúa 1983, 221). This will later isolate her further but ultimately lead her to reflect on the racism that surrounds her. In addition, Anzaldúa’s identity also suffer because she denied her heritage and the traditions that with it. She mentions that she felt ashamed of her mother and her loud tendencies, it is an archetype that most Hispanic mothers are loud by nature, and the fact that her lunches, or “lonches”, consisted
Rosie goes against her mother, Lily, by getting a nose piercing. Lily thinks they look horrible, but Rosie doesn’t want to give her mother the satisfaction of doing what she’s told. This shows the idea of ‘teenage identity’ because Rosie is discovering herself and her likes and interests. 2 – Running Away Rosie and Asher run away to W.A. without telling anybody. They live
“The front door must never line up with the back door, or you will never be able to save money” said my mother as she was giving me life advice and tips on buying a house. Irrational superstitions are passed down in each culture regardless of the absurdity, yet they continue to live on dutifully. Some of these traditions and superstitions alter core life decisions, for they seem so dependable. Asians are known for their particular superstitions because each action and movement may have some unnatural/spiritual explanation. For example, the Chinese would use horoscopes in order to measure one’s compatibility with another.
Also, Kurdish community will not let divorced women to live alone because of the cultural thoughts of people. Moreover, Those women who run away from their husband's house could only go to the NGO’s shelters. In addition, the government always focuses on women instead of solving such a crime and trying to stop crimes before they start to happen by making commercials to show the bad effects of those crimes. For instance, commercial about genital
In the meantime, Geeta tells her parents that she is in love with Juan who is a Chicano. However, Geeta’s family counters this decision with a serious reproach, for not respecting their culture, while Geeta feels they have no interest in respecting her marriage choice. Everybody at home gets upset. She quarrels with her dad and mum and leaves the house without telling anybody. In her search for happiness through love, Geeta is threatened by her own reluctance to abandon traditional Indian culture.
Her mother said that they stayed there waiting for them to leave as the aunt gave birth in the pigsty. Kingston’s mother warns her never to tell her father that she knows, this was a warning to her not to follow in her footsteps. Quote: “We say that your father has all brothers because it is as if she had never been born” Pg.
Concluding it was on the account of social pressure that caused her wanting to become a different person around other people. Maxine Hong Kingston “No Name Women” wrote about the issues with her Chinese culture on social pressure causing them to do things that they knew were wrong. Her mother shares a story about her aunt committing suicide after giving birth to a fatherless child. They had a suspicion she was pregnant, but never brought it up in discussion. The day she gave birth, both mother and child were found dead at the bottom of a well.
The Impact of Dreams Having a dream to work towards alongside someone can greatly impact a relationship. George and Lennie, from John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, are two ranch workers who are always moving in search for a job during the Great Depression. The dream that they both share is what makes their dream worth pursuing, but along the way Lennie’s tendency of getting in trouble poses obstacles. Similarly, Jing Mei and Suyuan, characters from Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, work towards a dream of Jing Mei becoming a prodigy.