Maxine’s mother, Brave Orchid, tells her many stories in her native tongue, Chinese, and these stories show patriarchal interdictions and warnings. Because traditional Chinese culture is very patriarchal women became silent and voiceless in their lives. In the stories Maxine hears from a young age she realises this and as she gets older she
This can range from despising her name to finally eating in the Canteen and discovering it’s not what she expected (10, 43). However, there are larger conflicts within the book that challenges the reader to reflect on the purity of Esperanza’s identity. One that comes to mind is the many cases of sexual assault and violence shown towards supporting characters. For instance on page 100, “Sally Sally a hundred times. Why didn’t you hear me when I called?
The House on Mango Street is a coming of age story, mostly autobiographic, in which Cisneros transpose most of her experience as a young girl, and the way she had to deal with the struggles she encountered.It deals a lot with the search of identity, the poverty that surrounded her and the misoginy she witnessed and underwent through. El Norte is an american and british movie directed by Gregory Nava dealing with the struggles of Guatemalans during the Guatemalan Civil War in the eighties and showing the journey of two indigenous siblings emigrating from Guatemala to go to the United States hoping for a better life. Both Cisneros and Gregory Nava have have a Mexican heritage and were born in the United States so they both have an idea of what it is like to struggle in the US, being of Mexican descent. Both of them are reflecting their own
Everyday people are judging and being judged by others with unique criteria that we, as inhabitants of Earth deem necessary checkmarks to be met to afford and be afforded tokens of civility. In Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Myth of the Latin Woman” the memoir is brimming with personal accounts of fetishiztation and discrimination the author experiences as a Latin woman that have vast influence on her life. Throughout the text Cofer conveys the significance of how deep the status “exotic” to describe Latina women is held inside the minds of people which the author alludes to on page 879, “I thought you Latin girls were supposed to mature early,”  after being given a sudden, non-consensual kiss at a dance by her date. The author expresses the cultural dissonance between
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.
At the end of this argument, Suyuan takes Waverly’s place and supports her opinion on Jing-Mei’s lack of style and poor writing skills; Suyuan agrees that her daughter is not sophisticated enough as Waverly who is a very successful tax attorney (Tan 197-207). As it can be seen, Amy Tan felt that she was not sophisticated enough because she did not become a neurosurgeon like her mother wanted. In the story, all Chinese mothers wanted their Chinese-American daughters to become doctors or businessmen and to be better than others. When Jing-Mei and Waverly were little, Suyuan wanted her daughter to be like Waverly, and there always was competition between them. Even though they are both grown women now, the
In her poem “My Father Calls Me Every Sunday Morning,” Jan Heller Levi’s bitter wording contrasts with her tranquil images to evoke an ambivalent tone towards her father. This juxtaposition mirrors the conflict in Levi’s relationship with her stern father; there is genuine love in it, but also frustration over its price. Levi’s brewing aggravation regarding her father’s selfish nature is captured by her acrimonious choice of diction. While waiting for her father’s phone call, Levi’s opinion of her dad is made clear. She can feel him “punch”(8) the numbers into his phone, each note “Pulsing;/ through 200 miles of tense wire”(10-11) hurling towards her.
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.
In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah’s story about her childhood experiences, she suffered and she wasn't happy, but she always knew things would get better someday. Because Adeline persevered through a rough childhood, she was finally no longer was abused, ignored, or treated cruelly by her mid-teens. Nowadays, child abuse and cruelty is uncommon and unacceptable. Though Adeline’s life story had an unpleasant beginning, as of now, it has a happy
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.