In the poem, "When I Was Growing Up”, Nellie Wong relates the struggles of a Chinese girl growing up, searching to find her voice in a predominantly white cultural majority. The speaker begins the poem with, “I know now that once I longed to be white,” (1). This speaker longs for the privileges she attributes to being a member of the cultural majority. Ashamed of her darker Asian skin and Chinese culture, the speaker laments, “…I could not change, I could not shed / my skin…” (49, 50). The poem details the feelings of the speaker as she was growing up in America, while simultaneously being immersed in Chinese culture.
Through many hardships and life-changing experiences, Esperanza slowly blossoms from an innocent child into a mature young woman. Some of the major ethnic elements that greatly impact the story are the culture, mindset, and tradition of her people when concerning women. For example, in the story, many girls who Esperanza shares a close bond to currently lead lives of solitude and oppression. Because of this, Esperanza feels as if she needs to break free from her heritage. In the chapter "My Name", she mentions "the Chinese, like the Mexicans, don't want their women strong.
To be specific, this is saying that the meaning of writing is exploring people’s internal thoughts. For Tan, writing is a method to figure out her mom’s thought and her attitude of life. This is an outstanding use of pathos because readers can recognize the change of her mom’s position to her. Her mom was a shame for her when she was a kid, but now her mom is the motivation, the center of her writing. Even there are cultural and generational gaps between Tan and her mom, Tan finally overcomes them and notices how value her mom’s thought is, which is impressing.
Running away from obligations and agreed arrangements was generally frowned upon, but exceptions were made based on the ideal of “liberation.” Similar to Ning’s granddaughter, shorter hair became popular. In order to have the appearance of her membership in the Communist army, Ma was forced to cut her hair and while she began to cry, she stopped once the nurses told her that she would be returned to her mother-in-law if she did not have her braid cut. Filial piety is another Confucian idea that remained constant. Ma’s father urged her to “work hard and try to get along with her elders” and also told her to be
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston addresses prevalent topics faced in America today. How should women act? Should women be treated differently from men? In her memoir, Kingston faces many obstacles with her Chinese-American identity such as finding her voice as a young woman. In “White Tigers,” Kingston tells her own version of a popular Chinese ballad, “Fa Mu Lan,” while incorporating her own reality back into the section.
“When I discover who I am, I will be free.” ~Ralph Ellison With a cultural identity as unclear as her own, Sarah Howe grew up questioning the human condition, specifically regarding the idea of belonging. Yet despite her great efforts in discovering what it means to have a bicultural heritage, her journey of understanding is forever ongoing. This journey and thirst for belonging inspired her poetry book Loop of Jade. Howe begins her book with the poem Mother’s Jewellery Box. The poem acts as a gateway to the main topic discussed in her other poems: the relationship between her and her Chinese heritage.
Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club explores the conflicts between two generations and two different cultures. Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club is a novel that touches upon the relationships and conflicts of Chinese mothers and their American raised daughters. As my essay will prove the split from one generation and the other relates to the process of Americanization that the daughters undergo, as well as the values and Chinese heritage that the mothers refuse to let go off. These factors will cause mutual suffering and in the end a generational gap between the two groups. The resulting generational gap animates the narrative, as mothers and daughters seek to appreciate each other, and their individual efforts diminish and contain the traumas depicted as precise of the maternal, Chinese culture.
"Two Kinds" by Amy Tan is a complex representation of an unsteady mother-daughter relationship. The focal point of the story is oftentimes troublesome yet inescapable and uncovers clashing values. The relationship between Jing-mei and her mother stretches throughout the story. Conflict rises as opposite standpoints in connection with identification surface. Living in America as a Chinese immigrant, Jing-mei 's mother plants her dreams of American success on the shoulders of her daughter.
In the passage written by Amy Tan the author uses adjectives and feelings to reveal that an embarrassing experience in her youth changed her prospective on her heritage by showing her she needs to always be reminded of her heritage. One of Amy’s emotions in this passage is she feels embarrassed that her Chinese family that came over would get up to get their while the American would wait patiently for the food to be passed. One thing that made Amy embarrassed was when her dad took the fish cheek and said “Amy your favorite.” Another emotion was she was scared that the boy wouldn’t like their Chinese food or wouldn’t like there Chinese Christmas. But Amy’s fear was realized because the ministers family didn’t eat a lot nor did they talk.
One final piece of evidence can be shared through a novel expert called “Two kinds” In paragraph 14 it says “I hated the tests, the raised hoped and false expectations”. In this paragraph the author is trying to say that her mothers expectations led her to be unhappy. Her mother, being chinese, is stereotyped for expecting her to do good in school but the author didn 't do so. This created tension between them. Yet again this is an example of how culture affects the way others view you as a
This short story is relevant to my positon because the main character struggles with cultural identity ad she uses her identity to make decisions. Dee would qualify my claim because she agrees but yet disagrees with how culture can cause you to make decisions. Dee would disagree because she explains how the old her is dead and she is now “Wangero”. This situation causes her mother “Mama” to be confused about her new identity and to clarify the situation she asked “What happened to Dee?” (Walker 62) and Dee replies with “she is dead” (Walker 62). De has just unclaimed her old culture.
ing-Mei Woo is on her way to not only meet her sisters, but also to discovered a part of herself that not even her knew was living within her veins. She was about to face a moment of transformation that stared the moment the train left the station. A train in movement symbolizing the journey she had ahead and the things she was leaving behind. The description of this new country, the people and their traditions are evidence of the things happening in the outside, while her heart is discovering that her mother was right and that she was becoming Chinese, however, I don 't think that she became Chinese, with her trip to China. Jing-Mea was always Chinese, the different is that her trip was what make her see the similarities she had not only
When Jing-Mei started her journey to China she remembers a time where she had rejected her culture. Afterword, when she arrived she was linguistically challenged. Later when she understood a bit about her culture she asked her father to tell her mother’s story in their native language. “Your mother running away’- begins my father ‘No tell me in Chinese’ I interrupt ‘Really I can understand” (157) After hearing her mother story Jing-Mei understands what she meant when she was fifteen, “Someday you 'll see…It is in your blood, waiting to be let go.” (149) Jing-Mei has a much better understanding of her family history and Chinese roots than she did when she started her
Amy Tan is one of the most famous multicultural authors in the world to this day. The Joy Luck Club, one of her most popular books, is highly influenced by her life. This book is about four Chinese women and the loss of culture transferred from them to their daughters. The book takes place in San Francisco and partially in China where the main character goes to find her half sisters. Just like the daughters in the book, Amy Tan has lost a lot of Chinese culture from her parents, who were born in China, to her and her brothers.
As Chinses, they were subjected to additional scrutiny based on immigration official’s fears that most female applicants were ether practicing or potential prostitutes.” The main reason is due to a large number of cheap Chinese labor’s sexual desire cannot be met in a serious imbalance proportion of men and women, Leading to the prevailing prostitution industry. There are some reasons due to the misunderstanding of United States on China, for