I read the book, Bound, written by Donna Jo Napoli. The book is about a young chinese woman, who is bound to her father’s second wife. This is because he passed away and, back in 17th century china, young woman had very little power or say in situations. Also woman were thought to less value of worth then their livestock. Throughout the day’s of dealing with her step mom she, loves to do poetry and calligraphy.
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by American author Amy Chua is a work of nonfiction that had as its original intent exploring the differences between Western ways of parenting and the methods used by the Chinese. What emerged is a more of a work of self-examination about the author’s experiences raising her own two daughters. Chua talks of the rules that she followed in her child rearing practices such as requiring grades of “A” from her daughters, Sophia and Louisa, forbidding overnight visits with friends, and restricting them from participating in school productions. Chua accepts that her rules are strict, but at the same time they are common to Chinese mothers. Sophia is the older of the two children.
Here in America is an entirely different set of standards, which does not require that women sway helplessly on little feet to qualify them for good matches..” (72). Today, it is illegal to bind a girl’s feet. But the bitter taste still lingers on our tongues from the realization that this horror was recent, and that woman alive still hold the memories of their feet being bound. We all now know that Chinese footbinding was a terrible practice of mutilating little girl’s feet for the vacuous reason of “beauty”. Binding the feet was a tradition for beauty and status, passed down from mother to daughter.
Moreover, Kingston showed in her descriptive article a passive tone which describes her mother’s unique culture in preparing food. On the other hand, the purpose of Wong was to show that there are many negative sides for the Chinese culture. She didn’t concentrate only on the language, but she also criticized a whole country by its culture, language, people, and smell. Additionally, Wong showed a kind of criticism and disapproval of learning Chinese, and being forced by her mother
Zhenyi bravely rebelled against the sexist customs of the day by daring to educate herself, and others. She was born into the late 1700s in China, a hard time for anyone to be educated, but especially for women. Ignoring this, Zhenyi spent much in her time in her grandfather’s library.
This scenario takes place in the short story “Where the Gods Fly” written by the Chinese American author Jean. Here we follow the Pearl’s mother trying her outmost to give Pearl the best upbringing and future she can possible give. Pearl’s parents have emigrated from Asia to America, leaving her friends and family behind. The story is told from the mother’s point of view and we only hear her thoughts and feelings, making the protagonist a limited first person . The story starts in media res, where we are presented with the core problem of the story.
As discussed in the previous chapter, cultural and language barrier have caused serious obstacles for the mothers and daughters. Not being able to see and think from each other’s perspective blocks the path to effective communication which result in silence between them. The focus of this chapter is to analysis in details of Jing-mei’s change after her mother’s death and her trip to China to meet her lost sisters, which symbolizes that her split identity is healed and her relationship with her mother is reconciled as well. The mother-daughter relationships between the other mothers and daughters in The Joy Luck Club will also be studied When Jing-mei is young, she is the same as the other three daughters - an outsider of their mothers’ world. She laughs at her mother’s “fractured English” and she “[grows] impatient” when her mother speaks Chinese (40).
Multiculturalism is a place an assortment of a wide range of a group live respectively in the same society. In a multicultural society, there is not an official culture that each individual must be a piece of, yet all societies are regarded just as. By and large, a multicultural society is framed when individuals from a wide range of nations all move to one spot. So what are the positive sides and what are the negative ones while living and working in a multicultural society. Through multiculturalism, we have opened our brains and have had the chances to open to a wide range of things.
Modernity is a global phenomenon that needs to be really understood due to its ambiguity in meaning. The term can be associated with several possible definitions, which are usually based on the contextual analysis of an individual. One interpretation can probably be connected with a kind of social force. An unstoppable power that tends to originate from several other larger potentials. The dynamic force is prone to develop and adjust with time.
Xie’s s situation, I can figure out no matter how the status of a single mothers may facilitate the process of permit for the child that they gives birth to, the burdens and hardships that they have to experience and overcome is same for every single mom; the social view and improper conditions they need to bare is too severe. Even though the Communist Party in China proposed the women’s freedom in 1949, the gender inequality that is widespread in China aggravate the right for these women to bravely stand out in their communities as single mothers; many Chinese people do not respect the decisions that these “individuals” have made and even regard women as mere bearers of offspring for husbands’ families (French, 2008). Not only gender inequality, but the different standards between wealthy cities in the eastern China and those that are not further acerbate the situations of single mothers; while the major economic cities in the eastern China have much more lenient permits and gives more opportunities for the single moms with strong financial status, the rest of the country easily ignores the plight of un-educated and poor working class mothers—especially migrant workers— and their choices are severely more limited and restricted (French, 2008). Moreover, the residency permit (hukou) system that restricts people to the places of their births and easy-access to abortion all over the nation may substantiate as reasons that worsens the condition of single mothers.